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Romeo & Juliet Research Project
Transcript of Romeo & Juliet Research Project
by Sharon-Jane Penaverde ENGLISH 10 Elizabethan Period and the Stars The Constellation of the
Two Star-crossed Lovers Oh, The Misfortune! The Story of Pyramus and
Thisbe Another Sad death Ah, The Many Similarities! First, to understand the tragic fate that took the lives’ of Romeo and Juliet, it is important to note their references to astrology and the importance of the stars in the Elizabethan time period. Many people living in that time had believed that their fate was determined by the stars. That tells us why Romeo had constantly referenced his fate to the constellations because he believed his future was in the hands of the stars. The constellation that surrounds the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is the Constellation Leo. It is also known as Constellation Leo myth or the myth of Leo the Lion. This constellation is also a significant role in the poet Orvid’s tale, in which it symbolizes two other star crossed lovers, two characters in Roman mythology, Pyramus and Thisbe. They too were forbidden to love one another because of their families’ rivalry. So, during the night, they would whisper words of their love to each other through the cracks in the walls. Soon, they decide to meet behind a mulberry tree to elope. Thisbe arrives to the destination first. While waiting for Pyramus to arrive, a lion jumps out from behind the bushes with a freshly blooded mouth from a recent meal. This frightened Thisbe and caused her to flee. Unfortunately, her veil had fallen to the ground and the lion had pounced on the veil and clawed it. Soon after, Pyramus arrived to the meeting area only to be greeted by Thisbe’s bloody veil. This had distraught him, thinking his beloved one was dead and him not being able to live without her, he killed himself with his sword, staining the beautiful white mulberries on the tree with his blood. When Thisbe had overcome her fear and came back only to find her lover with a sword in his side. Extremely saddened by this, Thisbe threw herself onto Pyramus’ sword and died. Zeus took Thisbe’s veil and brought it into the sky as Comas Berencies where it lay beside the lion. This is why the constellation for Pyramus and Thisbe is that of the Leo, because of the liond that had scared Thisbe. That is the tragic tale of Pyramus and Thisbe. There are many resemblances between the myth and the play Romeo & Juliet. It is said that the distressing story of Pyramus and Thisbe is what inspired the story of the two lovers from Verona. The many resemblances include... “Is it e’en so? then I defy you, stars!” - Romeo (Page 75-line 24, Shakespeare) Thisbe finding Pyramus with his sword in his side, underneath the mulberry tree. Rivalry & Secret Affairs In both tales, the lovers’ families were both rivals though they broke through that obstacle (Thisbe and Pyramus spoke through the cracks in the wall while Romeo & Juliet had secret meetings on Juliet’s balcony) “Two households, both alike in dignity… From ancient grudge break to new mutiny” (Page 1-line 1 & 3, Shakespeare) when the two male leads thought it was true, thinking their lovers were dead, they committed suicide; Pyramus by stabbing himself with his sword and Romeo by drinking a deadly potion. Also... “Here’s to my love! [Drinks] O true apothecary! Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die. [Dies]" - Romeo (Page 81 line 119 and 120, Shakespeare) The two females followed suite,
and they both died of blades
(Thisbe by Pyramus’ sword,
Juliet by a dagger) “This is thy sheath …
there rust, and let me die”
-Juliet (Page 83 - line 170 and 172, Shakespeare) “A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life” (Page 1-line 6, Shakespeare) Finally, both stories
revolved around two star crossed lovers
their depressing fates
already decided by the stars.