Romeo and Juliet

Explain the possible significance of Mercutio's reference to Thisbe.

This is specifically in Act 2, Scene 4.

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Thisbe and Pyranus had a love fated to end much like Romeo and Juliet's. Including this reference foreshadows their end. When Pyranus returns to Thisbe at the tomb where they're to meet, he finds a sign and mistakenly believes her dead. Thus, he takes his own life, and she follows shortly after.


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