essay Josephine Sellberg
1/9/10 Forbidden and Dangerous Love
The story ”Pyramus and Thisbe” is about two lovers, Pyramus and Thisbe. Because their love is forbidden, they are forced to do dangerous things to satisfy it. In the story, Pyramus and Thisbe’s parents have forbidden their love for each other. The teenagers live on either side of a wall that separates them. The two lovers one day decide that they want to be together and not have a wall between them. They decide to do a dangerous thing and sneak away from home into the dark fields. What drives the action in this story is Pyramus and Thisbe’s love that just gets stronger because it is forbidden. They take a dangerous risk when they sneak out into the wild when it’s dark and lions are around. When something is forbidden it can make it even more “attractive” and that is what happens with Pyramus and Thisbe’s love. Pyramus, “the handsomest youth” and Thisbe, “the fairest maiden” are the two lovers in the story; they want to get married, but their parents will not let them (1). One thing, however, they cannot forbid is their love for each other. In fact, their love “burned more intensely for being covered up” (1). They converse by signs and glances. Pyramus and Thisbe find a crack in the wall that separates them, allowing them to talk to each other. Amazing “what will not love discover” (1). Every night, when it is time to say farewell, the lovers are forced to “press their lips upon the wall” (1). They can never give each other a real goodnight kiss or a hug when they need one.
The wall do not only separate them it separates their love. They just have to do something about it; it is just too hard for them to restrain their affection. This decision leads to dangerous plans.
Danger moves the story forward due to Pyramus and Thisbe’s choices and plans.The two lovers decide to take the chance and sneak out. They...
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