A Connection Of Texts. Essay

781 words - 4 pages

Man has this brilliant tool called imagination allowing them to think up ideas and concepts that didn’t exist before. Although everyone’s imagination is different, sometimes the same idea can be used and transformed into another person’s work. This is the case of Homer’s Pyramus and Thisbe, and William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. To the normal person several similarities are obvious between the two works. Some similarities between the texts of Romeo and Juliet and Pyramus and Thisbe are: the two pairs of lovers wanting to run away together, the parents ignorance of the subject, and the lovers killing themselves thinking the other was dead.
The first way that Romeo and Juliet is similar to Pyramus and Thisbe is the two lovers wanting to run away together. With Pyramus and Thisbe, the lovers couldn’t be together and therefore were willing to leave everything behind to be together for the remainder of their lives. In the case of Romeo and Juliet, they were under much more pressure and stress to come to their decision. After Romeo was banished, Juliet was to feign death and then when Romeo came to get her they were to leave Verona and never come back. It is said so in Act IV, Scene i, lines 116 and 117, “Will watch thy waking, and that very night Shall Romeo bear thee hence to Mantua.” These words are spoken by Friar Lawrence explaining his plan to Juliet. This was supposed to get them out of Verona without anyone pursuing and bringing her back to marry Paris. Surely, the couples’ decision to run away from their homes and leave everything was a common thought in their minds.
Another reason why Romeo and Juliet is similar to Pyramus and Thisbe is their parents’ ignorance and obvious dislike to their child’s chosen partner. In Pyramus’ case, his parents didn’t want him to marry Thisbe simply because they didn’t think she was suitable for him. Same scenario with Thisbe’s parents. However with Romeo’s parents it was a little bit different but the ignorance of how great their love was for each other was a similarity. In Romeo’s case, his parents simply didn’t like Juliet’s family, for reasons unknown. With Juliet’s parents it was the same, but Romeo’s immediate hand in Tybalts death...

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