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Aurora in Romeo and Juliet

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Renee Samuel

on 27 February 2015

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Transcript of Aurora in Romeo and Juliet

Aurora means "dawn or daybreak"
She was described as ever-young and the first to wake up
She rides her chariot ahead of the Sun, bringing the light of day
Her siblings are Helios, the sun, and Luna, the moon
She is said to be the mother of the four winds
The Goddess Aurora
Textual Context
The rest of the quote states,
"Away from the light steals home my heavy son
And private in his chamber pens himself
Shuts up his windows, locks far daylight out
And makes himself an artificial night"
The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet (1.1.133-36)

Soon the audience finds out that Romeo is depressed because of his unrequited love for Rosaline

Romeo's despondent attitude forces him to hide himself from the world
Significance of the Allusion
Romeo conceals himself from the light of dawn and envelopes himself in his "artificial night"
The mentioning of the goddess Aurora is significant because it expresses the coming of dawn, which contrasts with the darkness of Romeo's behavior
Montague says this in the beginning of the play to Lady Capulet and Benvolio

He is referring to Romeo and his melancholy behavior

However, Montague does not know the reason why Romeo is so depressed
By: Renee Samuel
Classical Allusion in "The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet"
"Should in the furthest east begin to draw
The shady curtains from Aurora's bed"
The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet (1.1 131-32)
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