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Unformatted text preview: With Aeneas out of the picture, Turnus, who manages to enter the Trojans's camp and make his desperate bid to defeat the newcomers to Italy, stands forth as Aeneas's antagonist his chief enemy and heroic counterpart. Concerning Turnus's character, critical opinion has always been divided. However, it seems fairly obvious that since Turnus's role in the epic is to embody the forces that will be defeated by fate's decree, he is condemned to behave in a way that must necessarily portray him as the inferior of Aeneas, whom fate favors. We read of Turnus's rage in this book with the certain knowledge that he is fighting a lost cause, even though he believes that he has a chance of winning. This ironic knowledge is likely to dispose us to feel rather sorry for him in spite of his faults, as Virgil, who was never content to give a one- dimensional picture of human nature, perhaps intended.dimensional picture of human nature, perhaps intended....
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