The Aeneid, The Conflict Between The Gods And Aeneas 's Desire

1002 Words Dec 9th, 2015 5 Pages
In The Aeneid, Virgil demonstrates the values of the Romans by creating an epic similar to that of Homer’s Odyssey, yet with different ideals and views. Also illustrated in Virgil’s epic is the conflict between the gods’ will and Aeneas’s desire. He struggles internally with his thoughts and externally with Dido and her biddings. Ultimately, the gods’ will is the path Aeneas chooses to follow, to ensure his son achieves glory in the future. In the Aeneid, Virgil uses Aeneas to show that in the face of conflict, gods’ will trumps desire. When Dido and Aeneas first became ordained in the cave they sought safety in, all was well until they returned to civilization. Since Cupid shot Dido with his bow and arrow, she has completely devoted her entire being to achieve matrimony with Aeneas so when they return chaos erupts. During her lustful quest to gain Aeneas attention, Dido abandoned all of her previous duties, thus causing mayhem with other cities and the city she rules herself. As tension builds, Jupiter sends Mercury to remind Aeneas of his true destiny which leads to an argument between Dido and Aeneas. During this, Virgil expresses Aeneas’s thoughts, “I sail for Italy not of my own free will” (line 475). In this line, Virgil depicts Aeneas true feelings and his sorrow for abandoning Dido. This is just one example of many where Aeneas mentions it is his destiny, leading him away, and not his desires. As Dido listens intently, she retorts with utmost fury and curses Aeneas…

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