Study Guide

Pyramus and Thisbe Themes

  • Love

    There's no missing the love in this myth. After all, it's the desperate love between Pyramus and Thisbe that causes all the problems to begin with. Actually, scratch that—it's the fact that their families won't let them get together. If Pyramus and Thisbe had been allowed to get married, they wouldn't have had to concoct their plan to secretly meet under the mulberry tree to elope. Translation: no one would have died. Right?

    Questions About Love

    1. In what ways does the love of Pyramus and Thisbe bring about their death? How does the hatred between their families contribute? Do you think the love or the hatred is more to blame for the deaths of Pyramus and Thisbe?
    2. Do Pyramus and Thisbe truly love each other, or is it just childish infatuation?
    3. What do you think Pyramus and Thisbe say to each other through the crack of that wall?
  • Dreams, Hopes, and Plans

    Poor Pyramus and Thisbe. They were so looking forward to getting the heck out of Babylon, getting hitched despite their parents wishes, and living happily ever after. Of course, like a whole bunch of other ancient myths, the tale of Pyramus and Thisbe doesn't have a happy ending. The young lovers' dreams, hopes, and plans are spoiled by one lioness, a bloody veil, and a series of highly unfortunate misunderstandings. Instead of living happily ever after, they both end up dead by their own hand. Yeah, it's heavy stuff.

    Questions About Dreams, Hopes, and Plans

    1. What was Pyramus and Thisbe's dream? What stood in the way of these hopes?
    2. How realistic were Pyramus and Thisbe's plans? Did they stand a chance?
    3. What could Pyramus and Thisbe have done differently to make their dreams come true?