Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Pyramus and Thisbe
Ovid. There appears to be no Greek version of the story.
Pyramis and Thisbe grew up in the same city next to each other. I think in today's terms they lived in a duplex styled housing. Throughout the years they fell in love, but their parents forbade the marriage and the love.
There was a crack in the wall where they could communicate with one another and even barely kiss one another. However, they desired to be together.
One day they agreed to meet at a world famous tomb of someone, and Thisbe came first. She waited and waited but Pyramis didn't show up. She saw that a lioness appeared, and she ran away, dropping her cloak on the ground.
Pyramis came along, saw the lioness and saw that she carried Thisbe's cloak with her. Thinking that his lover is dead, Pyramis blamed himself for what happened, then took a dagger and plunged it into his heart, staining the mulberry bush.
Meanwhile, Thisbe came back, for she didn't want for her lover to think she failed him, and saw that he had killed himself. Vowing not to let death separate them, she kills herself too.
In symbol of their love, the mulberry tree carried red berries, as well as an urn holding both of their ashes.
I do wish that instead of only focusing on English literature, I would have been given more choices to enjoy different love stories such as Pyramis and Thisbe. Interesting tale, and most likely Shakespeare borrowed it and made it world famous in terms of Romeo and Juliet.
Romeo and Juliet qualities:
This is the original Romeo and Juliet story; parents forbidding lovers to meet, him thinking she died and killing himself, she the same, and eventually mercy from everyone.