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The trial of Avisa

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The trial of Avisa
The trial of Avisa that takes place in the poem The Victory of English Chastity is a cynical and farcical rewriting of The judgement of Paris from Greek mythology. In Avisa's trial she is pitted against Penelope for the title of the most chaste wife. It is important to remember that in this mock trial two separate people are not on trial it is the two separate personae of Avisa who are on trial. Her chaste persona Avisa wins the garland of chastity whilst her unchaste persona Penelope is discredited as being an unchaste woman. Avisa represents the hypocritical public persona of Penelope Rich who appears to be a chaste woman. Penelope is her hidden unchaste and Real persona. It is highly significant that Penelope's two supporters in this trial are Juno and Venus . Juno was considered to be The Goddess of RICHES and Venus was the goddess of sexual desire.
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