The Aeneid Fate Analysis

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Fate is one of the driving forces throughout The Aeneid, so much that even the Gods are constrained within the forces of fate. The Gods are unable to prevent something from occurring, once it has been fated to happen. Juno does not agree with the fate that has been set that Aeneas will found Rome, but she is unable to prevent it from happening. Another driving force throughout the novel is Juno’s personal choice power. Juno may not be able to prevent fate, but she is able to do while staying within the constraints of fate, prolong the process of founding Rome, and kill as many people as possible. Juno begins devising a plan against Aeneas’s fate, not stopping it completely, but elongating it: To leave no risk unventured, lent myself To every indignity. I am defeated And by Aeneas. Well, if my powers fall short, I need not falter over asking help Wherever help may lie. If I can sway No heavenly hearts I’ll rouse the world below.
It will not be permitted me-so be it-
To keep the man from rule in Italy;
By changeless fate Lavinia waits, his bride.
And yet to drag it out, to pile delay
Upon delay in these great matters-that
I can do: to destroy both countries’ people,
That I can do. (7, 421- 433)
Juno in the first three lines of the quote is throwing a hissy fit, about how she is losing to the mortal
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Juno is a prime example of both of these ideas; she is trapped within the fate that has already been determined. Rome is going to be founded by Aeneas at some point in history. What Juno uses to combat fate is her own personal choice to prolong Aeneas’s journey. She is aware that at some point he is going to create the Roman Empire, because it is fated to happen. Fate is also flexible, which is also verified throughout the quote. Juno is given no power in order to change fate, but she is however given the power to delay it from

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