Gender Difference Between Man And Women In Virgil's Aeneid

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The glorious story Aeneid depicts the preconstruction of Roman empire, and the plot is promoted through several conflicts and fights. One particular conflict that serves as the turning point of the whole story is the difference between man and woman. Female characters advance and fulfill the epic poem Aeneid by their distinctive characteristics from other male figures. No where is Virgil’s notion of gender difference more obvious than in the story of Dido and Aeneas throughout Book Four when these two actors need to negotiate with their personal and public interests. When Queen Dido develops love toward Aeneas, she devoted herself in love and forgets about her public duty. Later Aeneas, in observance of his heroic fate, departs Carthage and …show more content…
For Aeneas, although he enjoys the time and life with Dido, he still inclines his balance to the greater duty and chooses to continue on his journey of fighting and glory. From the perspective of Dido, she advances her love toward Aeneas and gradually neglects her mission to Carthage and her people. Later the departure of Aeneas despairs and destroys Dido, and she commits suicide to end her inner love and at the same time completely abandons her public duty. Their diverse choices between private desires and communal obligations are results generated by their gender difference because men and women share dissimilar traits and …show more content…
Once Mercury reminds him about his duty to the world, Aeneas is “amazed” and “chock[s] with fear” that he suddenly awaked from the sweet private love and is going to take his obligation to the Trojans and his realm (Book4. line 312). Then Aeneas directly announces his rank of priorities, highlighting that “the welfare of Troy would be my first concern” and reveals that he cares about his people, kingdom, and the overall situation most (Book4. line 390). So when making comparison between the general affairs and his personal interest, Aeneas gives his small love away and chooses to contribute to the big

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