Rumors spread like wildfires and like wild fires they can cause great damage. The fire moving slowly throughout the foliage yet rapidly destroying everything in its path. This statement could also be used to describe the way Rumor, the monstrous and conniving creature in Virgil’s Aeneid(Book IV), spread malicious lies through the earth and the heavens. Virgil uses the actions of Rumor to display how destructive gossip can be.
To begin, Rumor’s rumors were dispersed out of spite. After Rumor discovered that Aeneas and Dido were an item she made it her responsibility to bring fear to everyone of what this relationship could entail. Although Aeneas and Dido were in fact a couple, Rumor twisted this truth into something dangerous and faulty. She knew the results of her actions could be negative, but destruction was her goal, “Rumor took an evil joy at filling countrysides with whispers, whispers, gossip of what was done and never done.” (Book IV Aeneid) Rumor also made sure everyone knew of the mythical tale she had to tell, “By day she broods, on the alert, on rooftops or on towers, bringing great cities fear, harping on lies and slander evenhandedly with truth.” (Aeneid) Rumor’s sole intention was to disrupt the lives of Aeneas and Dido, she did this swiftly, while also harming the lives of many others on the way.
After Rumor filled the earth and heavens with lies, King Iarbas was livid and set out to end the Dido’s relationship. “Took her to King Iarbas, whom she set ablaze with anger piled on
top of anger.”(Book IV Aeneid) Rumor knew that Dido rejected King Iarbas when he confessed his love her and this exactly why she rushed straight to the heavens when finding out about Dido’s new-fou...
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... enough to believe the rumors that are spread as Sunstein explains, “...when people believe rumors, the believers are often perfectly rational, in the sense that their belief is quite sensible in light of their existing knowledge. We lack direct or personal knowledge about the facts that underlie most of our judgments.” (Sunstein). Rumor deceived and harmed many with her unkindly words and although her actions were erroneous, people still do as she did in ancient times, in modern day.
Virgil uses the actions of Rumor to display how destructive gossip can be. Virgil’s Aeneid shows precisely how gossip has no positive outcome and can harm not only those who are gossiped about but also those who get involved. Rumors are merely whispers of doubtful truths, and whether one chooses to believe them is their choice but if one decides to spread them is their fate.
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