Fate Versus the Will of Juno Essay examples
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