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Aeneid Paper - Withrow 1 Jena Withrow Seminar Roman Thought...

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Withrow 1 Jena Withrow Seminar: Roman Thought Professor Avila 27 March 2008 The Aeneid of Virgil : Dido’s Death Dido was a strong respectable queen, who continued to rule her kingdom even after the death of her husband, her one true love . Death cheated Dido and killed her husband, but never did she question herself, she continued to persevere . She experienced hardships in her life but she was always welcoming and respectful to all people she met . She had goals and was willing to fight for the safety of her kingdom . Cupid’s arrow began to change things . The love Dido discovered in Aeneas was the love that she had never found in another . Her love began to overtake all things; her reasoning and ability recognize right and wrong . Dido speaks to her sister Anna and says, “Sychaeus, my poor husband, died and my own brothers splashed our household with blood, Aeneas is the only man to move my feelings, to overturn my shifting heart . ”(Pg . 84 line 23-260) Dido’s love and obsession towards Aenea’s leads her to a grueling life and an eventual death, Virgil shows that Dido’s devotion for Aenea’s was strong, it was Dido’s obsession that killed her, displaying Dido in the end as weak and dependent of someone to love her .
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Withrow 2 Virgil includes the tragic death of Dido to symbolize the weakness of women that he demonstrated throughout his story . The once powerful independent woman Dido, struck by love looses her senses . In a way, Virgil portrays women as someone who has power until struck by love and becomes a love struck disaster .
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