Bird Imagery in Shakespeare

The augur was a priest and official in [amazon_link id=”0226064557″ target=”_blank” ]ancient Rome[/amazon_link]. His main role was to interpret the will of the gods by studying the flight of birds: whether they are flying in groups or seen alone, what noises they make as they fly, the direction of flight, and what kind of birds they were. This evaluation was known as “[amazon_link id=”0199537569″ target=”_blank” ]taking the auspices[/amazon_link].”

[amazon_link id=”0199267170″ target=”_blank” ]Shakespeare[/amazon_link] acted as an augur when using bird imagery to foreshadow upcoming events. His birds acted “unnaturally” which suggests that something is amiss. Always look to the animals in Shakespeare’s plays for clues.

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