Allusion in Romeo and Juliet Balcony Scene

Balcony Scene Quiz Answer: Allusion

Her vestal livery is but sick and green/
And none but fools do wear it
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Allusion

There’s a lot of meaning in these two lines. We’ll deal with the allusion to Vesta, Roman Goddess of Hearth and Home, whose temples in Rome were guarded by the Vestal Virgins, who took vows of chastity before taking upon themselves this duty. The sickly, green moon is also representative of Diana, Roman Goddess of the Moon, the hunt and maidens. When Romeo expresses his desire that Juliet cast off her vestal livery, he’s expressing a desire…well….I’ll let you figure that one out.

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