Myth And Main Characteristics Of Ovid's Pyramus And Thisbe
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Since the beginning of history, myths have been the perfect way of telling stories that were of utmost importance to the readers, stories in which the readers could be interested although they were aware that those myths were not true. The influence that myths have in literature is considerable because both in our culture and the works that we read there are characters, stories, and elements that appeared first in Greek and Roman myths. Many of our stories are based on those myths, and Shakespeare is a playwright that took as a source of inspiration for his plays many of the most famous myths.
Ovid’s Pyramus and Thisbe. Myth and main characteristics
Ovid was a Roman poet that influenced a great deal of authors, being Chaucer, Dante, Milton and Shakespeare the most renowned ones. (Gill) The latter of the aforementioned writers is the author of two plays that are similar to one of Ovid’s myths, those plays are A midsummer night’s dream and Romeo and Juliet. Furthermore, Ovid was a poet whose work not only influenced many authors, but also a poet that writers who wanted to write about Greek and Roman mythology need to resort to; on the grounds that his work Metamorphoses is composed, according to Larry Brown, of 250 myths. Focusing on one of his…show more content… Although the original story is a tragic one, due to the last moments that the main characters have, the theatre group alters that characteristic by naming their play “The most lamentable comedy and most cruel death of Pyramus and Thisbe.” (A Midsummer Night's Dream 8) The story of Pyramus and Thisbe is, by no means, a story that make people laugh, nevertheless, the group of craftsmen turn it into a comedy that unpurposely share a great deal of details with Hermia and Lysander’s