Dido and "The Aeneid" Book Review

Dido and "The Aeneid"
An examination of the significance of the character of Dido in Virgil's "The Aeneid".
# 119387 | 1,010 words | 1 source | MLA | 2006 | CA
Published on Apr 25, 2010 in Literature (Greek and Roman) , English (Analysis)

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This paper discusses how in Virgil's "The Aeneid", the character of Dido plays an important role in Aeneas' heroic journey. It looks at how Dido becomes Aeneas' lover, and falls madly in love with him, which ultimately leads to her demise. The paper also discusses whether or not Virgil meant for Dido to evoke the reader's sympathy and contends that through an examination of Book IV, specifically, one can determine through Virgil's use of language and metaphor that Dido is indeed meant to be pitied, perhaps to further illustrate the sacrifices Aeneas has to make to succeed in his quest.

From the Paper:

"First of all, it is important to note Virgil's use of diction when referring to the character of Dido. For instance the use of the metaphor, "She feeds the wound within her veins; she is eaten by a secret flame," creates a very vivid and strong image, almost like Dido is being tortured (IV, 2-3). This clearly evokes a sympathetic reaction from the reader, as Vigil makes it clear that Dido's love for Aeneas is causing her extreme pain. Interestingly, the motif of fire comes up quite often in the novel; for instance, "unhappy Dido burns" and "Her mind is helpless; raging frantically, inflamed..." (IV, 90, 402-403). These references to fire or flame in Book IV seem to foreshadow Dido's death as she "mounts in madness that high pyre," and is ultimately consumed by flames (IV, 893). It is also ironic how in Virgil's description, the flame of love seems to cause Dido more pain than the actual fire of her death."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Virgil. The Aeneid. Trans. Allen Mandelbaum. New York: Bantam Dell, 2004.

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