Aeneas And Grief

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Although love and fate are both integral components of the epic, grief is the most prevalent force throughout the piece. Grief unites the epic together, as it persists throughout its entirety. Even from the initial description of Aeneas, neither love nor fate is mentioned, but his grief is highlighted, “Burdened and sick at heart,/He feigned hope in his look, and inwardly/Contained his anguish” (1.284-286). Aeneas experiences much sorrow throughout the epic: exile from his country, the death of his father, hardships while trying to reach Italy, the loss of several of his companions, and many more. Even when grief is not the primary focus, it always persists in the background and even tally returns to the forefront. While Virgil focuses on
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