Aeneas And Dido: Love, Lust And Loss Analysis

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Aeneas and Dido: Love, Lust, and Loss
Virgil’s The Aeneid Book IV, begins with a conversation between Dido, the queen of Carthage, and her sister Anna. Topic Dido is torn between her love for Sychaeus, her beloved, deceased husband, and this Trojan warrior, Aeneas. He has entered her life, and Cupid has kindled the flames of love within her towards him. Dido explains to her sister Anna that she feels betrayed by her heart and mind. Argument Dido states, “If my mind was not set, fixedly and immovably, never to join myself with any man in the bonds of marriage, because first-love betrayed me, cheated me through dying.”(Virgil IV.15-17) Reason Tearfully, Dido remembers her first love, stolen from her by the grave, at the hands of her brother.
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Once again, Rumour approached her and planted the seeds of doubt and fear within her mind. (ex 1)Searching madly throughout the city, she yearns to find Aeneas, with her questioning mind pushing her forth. Dido finds Aeneas at Mount Cithaeron, and she approaches him. (ex 2)She questions his motives to leave her and her beloved city of Carthage. Dido then states, “Will my love not hold you, nor the pledge I once gave you, nor the promise that Dido will die a cruel death?” (Virgil IV.307-308) (ex 3)Feeling Aeneas is running from her, and losing all self-respect, she begs him, crying and asking him to change his mind and to stay with her in Carthage. Building with anger and frustration, she is full of shame, and she blames him for her soiled reputation. Without Aeneas in her life, Dido claims to be a dying woman, living in fear of her brother Pygmalion destroying the city, and taking her captive. (transition)The fact is, she has not conceived a child with Aeneas, and if she had, she would not feel as deceived and forsaken by this love they …show more content…
(ex 1)The Trojan warriors were preparing the ships to set sail to Italy. (ex 2)Dido watches her beloved city. The scurrying of men can be seen, readying their supplies for the long journey ahead. Dido laid there in her bed, dying slowly of a broken heart, praying this love of theirs would convince him to stay. (ex 3) Dido then asks Anna to humbly approach Aeneas, and ask him to wait for more favorable weather before he departs. Dido states, “When he has granted it me, I’ll repay all by dying.”(Virgil IV. 437) As Anna approached Aeneas, mighty winds blew, and when this occurred, the gods sealed his hearing. He showed no sorrow, had no tears, and was not receptive to what Anna had said. His tenacity remained, and fixed on his purpose, he continued to make preparations for his journey. (transition) Aeneas would soon be departing from the shores of Carthage, however, would Dido soon be departing as

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