Revenge in Virgil's "Aeneid"
$19.95 Buy and instantly download this paper now
This paper reviews and analyzes Virgil's "Aeneid," asserting that revenge is a significant theme throughout the epic poem, as it is often responsible for many of the outcomes that affect Aeneas and the characters around him. The paper explains that while revenge is displayed by gods as well as mortals, it is mainly seen through the actions of four main characters: Juno, who links to Dido, and Turnus who links to Aeneas himself. The paper concludes that, through the actions of characters such as Juno and Turnus, revenge goes on in a "domino effect," forcing characters such as Dido and Aeneas to undertake their own form of revenge.
From the Paper:"The opening book of the Aeneid immediately features the theme of revenge through the character Juno. Juno holds a grudge against the Trojans for several reasons: firstly, her favourite city Carthage is destined to be destroyed by the Romans in the future (Rome being founded by the Trojans). Another reason is that the Trojan prince Paris was asked to judge who was the most beautiful god out of Venus, Minerva and Juno, where he chose Venus. Lastly, Juno holds a grudge against the Trojans because her husband Jupiter chose the Trojan Ganymede as his cup bearer. Because of these events, Juno's resentment causes her to seek revenge on Aeneas and his men who are currently aboard ships in the ocean, searching for their new homeland which they are to inhabit. She goes to Aeolus, the god of the winds, and asks him to "smite fury into your winds. Sink their ships; make the sea close over them." He does so, causing a great storm upon Aeneas and his men. However, Neptune eventually steps in and stops the storm, as Aeolus had interfered in his domain; the sea."
Cite this Poem Review:
Revenge in Virgil's "Aeneid" (2010, June 11) Retrieved May 16, 2021, from https://www.academon.com/poem-review/revenge-in-virgil-aeneid-120377/
"Revenge in Virgil's "Aeneid"" 11 June 2010. Web. 16 May. 2021. <https://www.academon.com/poem-review/revenge-in-virgil-aeneid-120377/>