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Unformatted text preview: Turnus is a prince of the Rutulian tribe and the leader of the Latin forces who oppose the settlement of the Trojans in Latium. Like Aeneas, he is a physically superior warrior. He is Aeneas's antagonist, his chief enemy, and heroic counterpart. Turnus's character as antagonist serves a similar purpose in the second half of The Aeneid as did Dido's character in the first half. Turnus's militant fury is the counterpart to Dido's erotic fury. Like Dido, Turnus is an individualist who follows his own will to the point of excess, and he is opposed in spirit to Aeneas who is dutiful and self-sacrificing. Intense pride and a desire for personal fame are Turnus's motivation. When he is aroused by the fury, Allecto, to stage war between the Latins and Trojans, thereby forestalling destiny (the settlement of the Trojans in Latium and Aeneas's marriage to Lavinia), Turnus's character flaws become evident. He is linked with disorder. He has a passion for to Lavinia), Turnus's character flaws become evident....
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- Fall '08
- The Aeneid, Aeneas, Turnus, Dido, Lavinia, Pallas