The Myth of Pyramus and Thisbe

654 WordsFeb 22, 20183 Pages
In the myth of Pyramus and Thisbe, we find two lovers who stop at no means to express each other’s love. Yet through a series of unfortunate events the two lovers eventually took their lives out of the belief that the other had died. After re-evaluating the two lovers’ thought process through the entire tragedy we can see that all had occurred due to an act of rashness; both failing to access the situation clearly leading to their own downfalls. It was as if Shakespeare, in an effort to recreate the tragedy in modern scenery, had made two star-crossed lovers bound together by fate and later apart by fate almost exactly the same way as Pyramus and Thisbe. However in this tragedy, the rashness was not only shared between the lovers but mostly between Romeo and the Friar. It was through their actions that the events of this tragedy had sprouted. We can see Romeo’s participation of the tragic events at the end of the play through his rashness. “With love's light wings did I o'er-perch these walls; For stony limits cannot hold love out, And what love can do that dares love attempt; Therefore thy kinsmen are no let to me.” (act 2 scene 2) Romeo’s view on love being able to allow Romeo to fly already displays his lack of knowledge on the boundaries of love. However his rashness is more clearly displayed in his statement “And what love can do that dares love attempt.” He here is claiming that love allows him to attempt any feat, and that through love he could ultimately prevail.
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