In the story of Pyramus and Thisbe from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, inThe Romance of Tristan and Iseult, in Romeo and Juliet, in Midsummer Night’s Dream (the plan of Lysander and Hermia to elope), in Emma (Frank Churchill and Jane Fairfax), and in Titanic the lovers in question must keep their love secret or hidden. What role does this secrecy play in the various works (it’s different in each), and how is secret love different, if it is, from love that can be openly disclosed? There is a close connection between passionate romantic love and the death of one or both of the lovers in the two works first mentioned, and no hint of this in either of the latter two works. In what ways are these connections treated differently in the different works, and what does each author make of a (claimed) close connection between love and death?
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