Shakespeare, the Fraud: How Romeo and Juliet was Plagiarized from Pyramus and Thisbe

Topics: Romeo and Juliet, Ovid, A Midsummer Night's Dream Pages: 4 (1427 words) Published: October 16, 2012
Shakespeare The Fraud

Getting recognized for personal work is always a good feeling. However, when someone else steals your idea and receives credit and appraisal for it the feelings drastically change. This is exactly how the original author would have felt if they were alive when Shakespeare wrote Romeo & Juliet. Shakespear doesn’t deserve credit for the story of Romeo & Juliet; he plagiarized the original story ( Pyramus & Thisbe ), stole this story from the original authors, and kept most themes but changed few others for his own success. The original story from which Shakespeare stole all his ideas for Romeo & Juliet was the story of Pyraums & Thisbe. In this story, there are two main characters, Pyramus and Thisbe. Pyramus was the inspiration for the character of Romeo and Thisbe for Juliet. The story is set in the towering city of Babylon in the 700’s B.C. There was a set of two families that had been pitted against each other for as long as anyone could remember. As it happened, the two families lived in neighboring houses in the city. Each family had a young child; in order to prevent the children (and families) from interaction, they built a magnanimous wall to separate them. However, there was crack in the mortar which was never caught by either family. One day when the two children, Pyramus and Thisbe, were out playing in their separate yards, they discovered the crack and each other. They would talk almost every day and essentially grew up together without their parent’s knowledges. As they grew older and more mature, their friendship blossomed into and innocent yet passionate love for one another. Pyramus had grown into a young man whom all girls flocked to; Thisbe was one of the finest young women in all the land now. The two were both aware of their families’ rivalry against one another so they devised a plan to elope. Pyramus and Thisbe vowed to sneak out dark the next nigh and leave the city. They would meet at the snowy white mulberry tree...
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