Fate Versus the Will of Juno Essay examples

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Virgil is considered the most renowned Latin poet, according to the work “Divine Intervention, Supremacy of Fate in The Aeneid.” He is the writer of the epic poem The Aeneid. Virgil’s epic is a continuation of Homer’s The Iliad. The Aeneid is very much like The Iliad. In The Iliad, the men and gods are a driving power of the Trojan War, as are the men and gods a driving power of Aeneas’s journey in The Aeneid, but there is a stronger power driving Aeneas on his journey. It is the same power to which the characters of The Iliad are subject, and that is the power of fate. In The Aeneid the men and gods draw the battle lines. Some want Aeneas to succeed on his journey to Latium. Others want him to fail. Still other characters are just on the …show more content…
Aeneas is at once moved back into the will of Fate. He leaves Carthage and Dido behind. Aeneas’s departure causes Dido to commit suicide. The writer calls Dido’s suicide “an innocent casualty of the quest to found Rome, sacrificed because she stood in the way of Aeneas fulfilling his destiny” (“Divine” 2).
Aeneas’s relationship with Dido, according to Duckworth, is one of the strongest evidences of the power of Fate over Juno’s will (357). While Aeneas is in the relationship, he is distracted from his goal. In order to return his focus on his destiny, Jupiter sends Mercury to remind him of the goal. Aeneas only returns to his destiny when Mercury reminds him. The necessity of Mercury’s intervention to separate the couple show how real their love was. The fact that the gods intervene to help set fate back into motion also proves how powerful fate is (Duckworth 358).
Venus and Juno are constantly opposing one another throughout the epic poem, comments the writer of “Divine Intervention, Supremacy of Fate in The Aeneid” (2). They do not act alone but require the help of other deities. Juno again interferes with Aeneas’s journey at the funeral games held for Anchises (“Divine” 2). Juno sends Iris to cause the Trojan women to burn down the Trojan ships. After seeing this Aeneas calls out to the heavens for help and “no sooner said than a wild black flood of rain comes whipping down…till all the fires are

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