Metamorphoses

Metamorphoses

by

Ovid

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Thisbe Character Analysis

Thisbe is the teenage character in the love story of Pyramus and Thisbe told by one of the daughters of Minyas. When Thisbe returns to the mulberry tree after hiding from the lion and finds Pyramus dead, she sees the cloak she had dropped covered with blood from the lion’s mouth and realizes that Pyramus had thought she was dead. Blaming herself for Pyramus’s death, Thisbe kills herself beside him. Their blood seeps into the soil and permanently stains the mulberry berries red.

Thisbe Quotes in Metamorphoses

The Metamorphoses quotes below are all either spoken by Thisbe or refer to Thisbe . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Book 4: Pyramus and Thisbe Quotes

We both implore you to grant this prayer: as our hearts were truly
united in love, and death has at last united our bodies,
lay us to rest in a single tomb. Begrudge us not that!
And you, O tree, whose branches are already casting their shadows
on one poor body and soon will be overshadowing two,
preserve the marks of our death; let your fruit forever be dark
as a token of mourning, a monument marking the blood of two lovers.

Related Characters: Thisbe (speaker), Pyramus
Page Number: 155
Explanation and Analysis:
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Thisbe Character Timeline in Metamorphoses

The timeline below shows where the character Thisbe appears in Metamorphoses. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 4: Pyramus and Thisbe
Love and Destruction Theme Icon
...story of how the mulberry tree’s white berries became red: once, two beautiful teenagers—Pyramus and Thisbe—lived in adjoining estates. Growing up together, they fall in love, but they are forbidden to... (full context)
Love and Destruction Theme Icon
One day, Pyramus and Thisbe decide to elude their guards the next night and run away together. They decide to... (full context)
Love and Destruction Theme Icon
Soon after, Pyramus arrives at the mulberry tree and discovers Thisbe’s bloody cloak. Thinking that Thisbe was eaten by a wild beast, Pyramus stabs himself, wanting... (full context)
Love and Destruction Theme Icon
Time, Fate, and Poetry  Theme Icon
A little later, Thisbe dares to leave the cave and return to the mulberry tree to meet Pyramus. She... (full context)
Book 4: Mars and Venus
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After the story of Pyramus and Thisbe, Minyas’s second daughter tells the story of Mars and Venus: once, the Sun god discovered... (full context)