Symbols In Pyramus And Thisbe

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During the seven years Shakespeare attended King Edward VI Grammar School, he read the infamous Pyramus and Thisbe written by Ovid. Shakespeare later wrote the greatest and most well-known, relatable and timeless play of all time, “Romeo and Juliet.” The ill-fated stories about the death marked love between two love-struck teenagers, are far too similar to ignore. Not to mention the beginnings and endings are the exactly identical. Beneath the surface of these two works of literary art lies an abundance of symbolism and memorable lessons. Of these many, there are three symbols of which are the most prominent and significant to the overall theme of the two stories. The wall in Prymus and Thisbe represents the forces that separate Romeo…show more content…
The most obvious symbolism between the wall and Romeo and Juliet would be the parents' feud, and as the chink is a part of the wall it would be included as such. “ From ancient grudge break to new mutiny. Where civil blood makes civil blood unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes a pair of star-crossed lovers take their life;” ( 1.1. 2-6. ). The theme of "Pyramus and Thisbe” is that hatred will ruin love, as the prologue of “Romeo and Juliet” states. Both sets of lovers tried to escape the chains of their families hatred to be together, but both made rash decisions due to the wall their parents built brick by…show more content…
Therefore, the series of unfortunate events encouraged the death of Romeo and Juliet, it did not define their choices which were primarily responsible for their deaths. The lioness is a symbol of chance and series of unfortunate events. In “Romeo in Juliet”, Romeo acts quickly and irrationally after learning of Juliet's death, a prime example of his poor decision making in the face of strife. Shakespeare said,” Man: Then she is well, and nothing can be ill. Her body sleeps in Capel's monument, and her immortal with angels lives. I saw her laid low in her kindred's' vault. And presently took post to tell you. O, pardon me for bringing these ill news, Since you did not leave it for my office, Sir. " Romeo: Is it e'en so? Then I defy you, stars! Thou knows my lodging,. Get me ink and paper and hire post horses. I will hence tonight. "( 6.2.17- 26.) This shows how quickly Romeo made his decisions as well as the other characters in the play. As he says " I defy you stars" he has already made up his mind that he no longer wished to live. As does Juliet later on in the story and when Thisbe found Pyramus dead she acted the same on the same irrational behavior. Pyramus makes the same mistake as Romeo, as Thisbe followed suit to Juliet. Not to mention that they met alone, in the woods, as it was
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