Essay on Romeo and Juliet Compare and Contrast to Pyramus and Thisbe

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The stories of Romeo and Juliet and Pyramus and Thisbe both talk of young lovers willing to be together no matter what the consequences may be. The love between the two couples was so strong that they were would die for their lovers. Although, the sequence of events that lead to the tragic endings of these stories have their differences as well. Ovid's story of Pyramus and Thisbe came out a little before Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Many believe because of the similarities in plot, Shakespeare's sources or influences for his story could have came from 'Pyramus and Thisbe'. In the stories, there are many similarities as there are differences. Star crossed lovers is a phrase we would use to describe both of the…show more content…
When the women discovered their partner wasn't alive, they did the same as well. From my interpretation, the plots are the same in general. Both show that love makes you do crazy things. Romeo and Juliet and Pyramus and Thisbe thought with there hearts instead of their heads being in those situations at those times. Had they both given a little time and thinking before their actions, both of the stories could’ve ended happily. As for differences, I came upon many that I think show how the authors might’ve felt about star crossed love, young love, or just love in general. The little details I picked at really do draw lines between the two stories and give them both different meaning. The first thing I noticed were the way the relations between the couples began in the stories. Pyramus and Thisbe grew up together and were in love since they were children. Romeo and Juliet fell in love at first sight. After the moment they have spotted each other, they fell head over heels in love with one another. When does that ever happen? I believe this is when Shakespeare was trying to show that there was going to be consequences for being so naïve. Shakespeare probably felt young love, especially at first sight, was foolish. Romeo and Juliet shows the consequences of young love and moving too fast. That is how I read it. Since Pyramus and Thisbe were not love at first sight and had loved each other for a long time, maybe
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