Essay about Aeneas as a Hero and Leader

1047 Words Sep 23rd, 2008 5 Pages
“Immediately Aeneas’ limbs grow weak with cold: he groans, and stretching both hands to the stars cries out in with these words: “O three and four times blessed, you who were permitted to die before the faces of your fathers, beneath the lofty walls of Troy! O Diomedes, bravest of the race of Greeks! Why could I not have perished on the Trojan plain, and have poured out my life at your right hand, where fierce Hector lies by the spear of Achilles, where great Sarpedon, where the river Simois rolls and carries beneath its waves the helmets and shields and brave bodies of men.” This is Aeneas’ first appearance in the Aeneid, rather pathetic for the main character to be whining at the start . Aeneas and his crew are caught in a storm …show more content…
As the two men go on into the town, Venus hides them in a mist. Poor Aeneas, as always needs someone to hold his hand and help him along the way. When Aeneas sees on one of the new buildings pictures of the Trojan War, he takes comfort in seeing that the history of the fall of Troy is known here, and so they care about such human suffering. As he is lost in gazing at these empty images of the past, Dido comes toward him in all her beauty, followed by her servents encouraging the work of building. The captains of the ships Aeneas had thought lost come to make peace with Dido. She immediately grants them the hospitality of the city and even invites them to become equal citizens, wishing that Aeneas himself were there. Then out of the blue, Venus dissolves the mist that has hidden Aeneas and his companion and Aeneas appears. His beauty increased by his mother's power. He thanks Dido with deep feeling for her readiness to welcome them. She is awed by the presence of Aeneas whom she has heard so much, and tells him that her own suffering makes her feel for his. She invites him to a banquet, and he accepts, sending Achates to bring his young son Ascanius and gifts for Dido to the feast. Venus again interferes here to help Aeneas out again. She sends cupid to go instead to fetch the gifts to charm Dido to fall in love with Aeneas because he himself is incapabl of

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