Dido is the queen of Carthage

Dido is the queen of Carthage -...

Info iconThis preview shows page 1. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Dido is the queen of Carthage. Virgil portrays her as Aeneas's equal and feminine  counterpart. She is an antagonist, a strong, determined, and independent woman who  possesses heroic dimensions. Like Aeneas, Dido fled her homeland because of  circumstances beyond her control. She leads her people out of Tyre and founds  Carthage. She embodies the qualities of a leader that Aeneas respects and hopes to  employ when he founds Rome. She rules the Carthaginians fairly and justly, thereby  maintaining order. Like Aeneas's character, Dido's character represents the best of her  race. Because Juno and Venus manipulate Dido and Aeneas, Dido becomes infatuated with  Aeneas. She neglects the building projects that are underway in Carthage and the city's  defense is not maintained. Virgil warns that love out of control can cause disorder, both  physically and emotionally. He notes, "What good are shrines and vows to maddened 
Background image of page 1
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

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.

Ask a homework question - tutors are online