In start of the “The Aeneid” we read,
“Arms, and the man I sing, who, forc’d by fate,
And haughty Juno’s unrelenting hate,
Expell’d and exil’d, left the Trojan shore.
And in the doubtful war, before he won
The Latian realm, and built the destin’d town;
His banish’d gods restor’d to rites divine,
And settled sure sucession in his line,
From whence the race of Alban fathers come,
And the long glories of majestic Rome.
O Muse! The causes and the crimes relate;
What goddess was provok’d and whence her hate;
For what offense the Queen of Heav’n began
To persecute so brave, so just a man;
Involv’d his anxious life in endless cares,
Expos’d to wants, and hurried into war!
Can heav’nly minds such sigh resentment show,
Or exercise their spite in human woe?”
These lines show significance not only by summarizing Aeneas’s missions, but shows that his fate has already been sealed. It is his mission to migrate and also by being at war while trying to establish a homeland. However in this quote Virgil leaves out Aeneas’s name. I believe that Virgil, the author, does this to indicate that only the actions of Aeneas is of importance.
As the story goes on, we learn that a few things about Aeneas. He is not only considered to be an escapee, by which was led out of war by the god’s, but he is now also the leader to those that also fled Troy for Italy.
Aeneas and his comrades go through many ordeals, one of which was right away when Juno sees the men sailing out at sea. Despising Trojans she has Aeolus, the king of the winds, stir up the sea causing ...
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...ed couples perform, and for a period of time they are both happy together causing them to both forget about their duties and responsibilities as leaders.
In book 4, Aeneas has to break the news to Dido that the god’s wish for him to finish his duties. Dido is quite upset by this and faints.
“But good Aeneas, tho’ he much desir’d
To give that pity which her greif requir’d;
Tho’ much he mourn’d, and labor’d with his love,
Resolv’d at length, obeys the will of Jove.”
This passage explains his love for Dido but also that he had a responsibility to the god’s to do as promised, no matter how he himself had felt. It shows a struggle between desire and fate.
This theme continues throughout the poem, Aeneas struggling between desire and fate. I believe Aeneas sacrifices a lot of his own wants to appease the god’s, even if others cannot understand his sense of duty.
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