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.