Turnus - Turnus's fate, however, unlike Camilla's, is...

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Unformatted text preview: Turnus's fate, however, unlike Camilla's, is mitigated by his inability to control his emotional rage. This lack of control reaches its height in Book XII, which we expect since the book details the final conflict between Turnus and Aeneas. The rage Turnus felt at the end of Book XI carries over to the beginning of Book XII, in which his passion is described as "hot and unquenchable." Virgil, as he did earlier with Dido, associates Turnus's intense feelings with fire. The uncontrollable lust that consumes the Carthaginian queen is similar to Turnus's overwhelming craving for Lavinia: "Desire stung the young man as he gazed, / Rapt, at the girl. He burned yet more for battle." The greater Turnus's passion for Lavinia, the greater his wanting to do battle, yet his military judgment is clouded by his passion for the young princess. As Virgil notes of Turnus toward the poem's end, "He did not by his passion for the young princess....
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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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