Pyramus And Thisbe Similarities Between Romeo And Juliet

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Stories often have similar plots, characters, and motifs spread over time. For instance, Ovid in his book, “The Metamorphoses”, wrote about two lovers who take their lives for each other. This story was called “Pyramus and Thisbe” Similarly, Shakespeare, 1,587 years later wrote a similar, yet more modern story in the form of a play, The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. Therefore, The similarities between Ovid's "Pyramus and Thisbe" and Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet are apparent in the elements of plot, conflict, and characterization.

The plots of Pyramus and Thisbe and The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet are very similar to one another. For example, it says directly in Pyramus and Thisbe: “But marriage was forbidden by their parents. Yet there’s one thing that parents can’t prevent: The flame of love that burned within them” (Ovid’s Pyramus and Thisbe 11-13). This directly correlates with the plot of The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, with Shakespeare writing “The exchange of thy love’s faithful vow for mine. I gave thee mine before thou didst request it” (Shakespeare II.ii. 127-128). This shows that both couples in each story are in love, which shows a parallel in plot structure. Furthermore, Pyramus and Thisbe also has another plot similarity with The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet: the death of each couple in the
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For instance, in the same quote used earlier, Ovid wrote “But marriage was forbidden by their parents. Yet there’s one thing that parents can’t prevent: The flame of love that burned within them” (Ovid 11-13). The conflict here is that the parents of Pyramus and Thisbe will not allow the marriage of the two main characters. In the same way, Juliet’s father also denies her request to marry any other than Count Paris. As stated “Nor what is mine shall never do thee good. Trust to’t. Bethink you. I’ll not be forsworn.” (Shakespeare III.iii.
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