Study Guide

Pyramus and Thisbe

  • Introduction

    You know Bella and Edward. You know Romeo and Juliet. Now meet Pyramus and Thisbe, two crazy kids who are totally in love but kept apart by the cold, cruel world. It's a classic story that never gets old. No matter your age, everyone can get into all the swooning and sighing. It's just human nature.

    Of course, not all love stories have a happy ending. Sure, some of us like it better when the young lovers live happily ever after, but if the number of tragic love stories out there is any indication, we also love to cry when it all falls apart.

    So break out your tissues, Shmoopers. The tale of Pyramus and Thisbe will make you happy to be sad.

  • Best of the Web

    Pyramus and Thisbe Resources

    TV Productions

    Old School
    Don't miss this TV version of A Midsummer Night's Dream's Mechanicals performing their hilarious version of the tragic tale of Pyramus and Thisbe.

    Video

    Yes, This Is Actually the Beatles
    Paul McCartney performs as Pyramus and John Lennon performs as Thisbe. This actually happened.

    Videos

    Stop-Motion FTW
    Something about stop motion just lends itself well to tragic Greek myths, don't you think?

    Stick Figures to the Rescue
    Want a quick recap? Check out this cute animated version of the tale.

    Babylon: The Original Metropolis
    This Discovery Channel documentary on Pyramus and Thisbe's hometown will give you all the setting deets you could ever want.

    Audio

    Metamorphoses for Your Lobes
    Shmoopers, you can listen to all of Ovid's Metamorphoses—Pyramus and Thisbe included—for free via this link.

    Books

    Midsummer Night's Comic Book
    Don't miss the Pyramus and Thisbe scene in this unabridged graphic novel version of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

    So Says the Scholar
    This scholarly text analyzes all the makeovers that various authors have given to the story over the years.