Aeneas - Aeneas'.Toa greatextent,Creusa',...

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Aeneas's treatment of Creusa is less admirable than that which he gives his father and son. To a  great extent, Creusa's character is one-dimensional, and she appears as a mere prop in this  superhuman drama. As the family flees Troy, that she walks behind her husband, son, and father-in- law symbolizes her subordinate position in respect to the males. Aeneas incriminates himself as an  uncaring husband when he recalls the events leading up to her disappearance: "Never did I look  back / Or think to look for her, lost as she was." His comment, "She alone failed her friends, her  child, her husband," seems to place the blame for her death solely on her, when there can be little  doubt — especially when she later appears to Aeneas as a ghost — that she was overcome by  Greek soldiers and killed. However, any blame we place on Aeneas for his treatment of Creusa is tempered by the grief he  suffers when he learns of her disappearance. His returning alone to Troy when he knows the great 
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This note was uploaded on 11/23/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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