Dido And Aeneas Relationship Essay

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Aeneas is the king of the Trojans, who is also the son of Anchises and Venus. His fate is that he would build the land of Rome. This fate is tested by the interference of the gods, Juno in particular. Juno is the queen of the gods and held in high respects in the city of Carthage. As Juno holds a desire to “establish Carthage as the reigning city, [she] pits herself against fate itself, which ordained that the descendants of the Trojans will conquer Carthage and rule the world” (Syed, 108). The one to lead the descendants from Troy that would build Rome was Aeneas. This created Juno’s distaste in him and does anything in her power to prevent Aeneas from fulfilling his fate of building Rome. However, this is only one of the several reasons…show more content…

This relationship is an example from Virgil of how love among two individuals causes pain, tragedy, and can, ultimately, destroy one’s life and happiness.
In Book 1 of “The Aeneid”, Aeneas endures a storm that was created by Juno, causing him and his comrades to become stranded, as he was traveling from Troy to Italy. As of now, the object of love for Aeneas is his country and for its growth and success. Aeneas lands on the shores of Carthage and this is where his focus of love is shaken and tested. While searching in the woods, Aeneas meets a young girl, who is disguised and actually his mother Venus. She tells Aeneas the background story of the ruler of Carthage and how everything came to be. She also reassures Aeneas that his missing ships, along with his other comrades, are safe and to continue the path into the city. Once Aeneas enters the city and observes the progress of the developing city, he is ecstatic. This encounter shows how his love for country is very focused. Instead of focusing on the individuals that may have been roaming around the city as an object of love, he views the whole city, which was still in progress, as an object of love. Aeneas goes and explores the queen’s temple to come across scenes etched of his comrades during the Trojan War. Aeneas speaks to Achates, who was one of his companions that survived the storm, about these scenes along the walls and while

Initially, Aeneas is simply a stranger whom Dido welcomes to her city of Carthage, but they end up becoming lovers. Their story ends tragically, however, as Aeneas leaves and Dido commits suicide in her grief.

It is important to note that the gods have pretty much everything to do with this relationship. It is Venus, goddess of love and Aeneas’s mother, who causes Dido to fall in love with Aeneas in the first place, as...

Initially, Aeneas is simply a stranger whom Dido welcomes to her city of Carthage, but they end up becoming lovers. Their story ends tragically, however, as Aeneas leaves and Dido commits suicide in her grief.

It is important to note that the gods have pretty much everything to do with this relationship. It is Venus, goddess of love and Aeneas’s mother, who causes Dido to fall in love with Aeneas in the first place, as she wants to ensure that Aeneas is well-treated by Dido. She has reasons to fear the scheming Juno, queen of the gods, going against Aeneas, but then later the two goddesses decide to co-operate in bringing Dido and Aeneas together as lovers. However, the command of Jupiter, king of the gods, overhauls the machinations of these two goddesses as  he has a divine, all-important plan for Aeneas to go to Italy, and to establish the future great city of Rome. Therefore he cannot let Aeneas hang around Carthage indefinitely as Dido’s lover, and sends Mercury (messenger of the gods) to remind him of his solemn destiny. So Aeneas abruptly breaks off the relationship and leaves, and Dido is driven to distraction as she’d really believed that they were as good as married.

The tragic love affair between Dido and Aeneas, then, is due entirely to the contrivances of the gods above. However, on the human level, Aeneas does come across as faithless lover, while Dido is elevated to the status of a tragic heroine.

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