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Pyramus and Thisbe
Transcript of Pyramus and Thisbe
Thisbe Basic Plot Pyramus and Thisbe were in love, but they were forbidden to marry. They decided to elope, by running away and meeting by Ninus's tomb .
On her way, Thisbe dropped her veil, which was mangled by a lion who happened to find it. Pyramus found the veil, and assuming his love to be dead, he kills himself. Thisbe finds his dead body and kills herself out of sorrow.
Their blood stains the white mulberrys a dark red. The berries stayed that way, in honor of the two lovers. Influence on
modern day literature The myth of Pyramus and Thisbe was the basis for Romeo and Juliet, one of Shakespear's most influential works. What are
between the two stories? Key points:
*Both love stories
*Suicide = important plot element
*Parental Control =Important plot element Theme Misfortune Bad luck plays an important part in the story of Pyramus and Thisbe. If Pyramus had never found Thisbe's ruined veil, he wouldn't have killed himself - they would both be alive and well. The whole chain of events - Thisbe dropping her veil, the lion finding it, and then Pyramus finding the shreds of it - is extremely unlucky. Passion Additional
Themes All-consuming love is a main theme of the story. Pyramus and Thisbe were willing to do anything to be together. Not even death can keep them apart. At the end of the story, their wishes are honored: their ashes are placed in the same urn. The story has two main themes,
as well as several others.
Any ideas? Main Themes:
*Marriage Parental control:
When Pyramus and Thisbe are forbidden to see eachother by their respective parents, they have no choice but to run away.
The two lovers disobey their parents and attempt to elope.
Pyramus and Thisbe want to get married, but their parents are bitterly opposed to this union for reasons unexplained. Symbolism What are some examples of symbolism used in this story? Main examples:
The Cloak or Veil
(Symbolizing Thisbe's Life)
(Symbolizing the bond between the two characters)
The Mulberry tree
(Symbolizing the sacrifice of the two lovers) Thisbe's cloak/veil represents her life; when Pyramus finds her cloak, destroyed and bloody, he assumes that she's dead. The dagger symbolizes the bond between the two lovers. Pyramus and Thisbe commit suicide with the same one. The Mulberry tree is a symbol of the sacrifices made by the two lovers. The berries, originally white, turn red after being stained by their blood. The gods honor their sacrifice by changing the white berries red, permanently. Questions?