Willobie His Avisa


Avisa "The Bird Not Seen"

Dream of the Geese and the Eagle.

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Dream of the Geese and the Eagle.
The name Penelope means bird this is one of the reasons why she is called Avisa. In the book Willobie His Avisa , Avisa is constantly referred to as an eagle . The name Penelope is classically linked to an eagle because in the Odyssey Penelope had a dream of a huge eagle that savaged a flock of Geese . This was supposed to be a portent warning of Ulysses return and his eventual slaying of Penelope's suitors. But Willobie his Avisa is a book of opposites and the author is reversing the legend, in this context it is PENELOPE WHO IS THE EAGLE and it is Penelope who has a destructive effect on her suitors. This particular dream was specifically mentioned in Willobie His Avisa's follow up libel " Penelope's Complaint" The constant comparison of Avisa to an Eagle is the author's way of intimating that Avisa's real name is Penelope..
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