PYRAMUS AND THISBE
Ovid’s Metamorphoses
WORDS COINED BY SHAKESPEARE
•Dog will have his day (Hamlet; quoted earlier by Erasmus and Queen Elizabeth)
•Love is blind (Merchant of Venice)
•Play fast and loose (King John)
•Own flesh and blood (Hamlet)
•Eaten me out of house and home (2 Henry IV)
•Give the devil his due (I Henry IV)
•The game is afoot (I Henry IV)
•All that glitters is not gold (The Merchant of Venice)("glisters")
•Brave new world (The Tempest)
•Seen better days (As You Like It? Timon of Athens?)
•Seen better days (As You Like It? Timon of Athens?)
•What's done is done (Macbeth)
•Pomp and circumstance (Othello)
•Wild-goose chase (Romeo and Juliet)
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, THE GREAT BARD
AND THE GREAT PLAGIARIZER?
• Pyramus and Thisbe:
Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Read the story from Ovid’s Metamorphoses
Identify 3 figures of speech in the passage
PYRAMUS AND THISBE IN ART
ESSAY
• What is the moral of Pyramus and Thisbe or Romeo and Juliet? Explain how is it a
cautionary tale?
• Compare and contrast the mythical story of Pyramus and Thisbe to Shakespeare’s
Romeo and Juliet.
• It has been said that Shakespeare was the great plagiarist. Support or refute this
statement.