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Unformatted text preview: Revision Kristin Holzhauer ENGL 5 1001 Dr. Duffy 10 October 2007 Lust: The Deadliest Sin Dido is a helpless victim of divine interference. She is destroyed by her own lust. The physical and emotional stress wracking her body as Aeneas departs Carthage shows the utmost importance of abiding by fate. Aeneas recognizes his civic responsibility to found Rome. The great emotion he experiences hinders the pursuit of destiny, and he abandons passion’s embodiment: Dido. She, however, unwisely challenges her predestination. Dido’s distraction from her own civic responsibilities culminates in a breakdown of self-defense. Carthage deteriorates and Dido is driven to insanity. Dido’s lust is a challenge to destiny. Dido’s infatuation with Aeneas causes drastic change in the society she has created. The building of Carthage is halted, and the city’s defense mechanism fails: Towers, half-built, rose No farther; men no longer trained in arms Or toiled to make harbors and battlements Impregnable. Projects were broken off, Laid over, and the menacing huge walls With craned unmoving stood against the sky (IV. 121-26).With craned unmoving stood against the sky (IV....
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