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Essay on Fate of the Passionate in Virgil's Aeneid

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Virgil’s The Aeneid, to this day, remains one of the most influential epics to ever grace the merciless limitations of manuscript, inspiring, in pop culture as well as literature, an onslaught of themes, mythology, values, and the general sense of what a hero must be-or do- in order to overcome the obstacles of the gods and man. Written somewhere between 29 and 19 BC, consisting of twelve books (although never completely finished), The Aeneid takes us through the turbulent journeys and prophesied triumphs of Aeneas, a warrior and man bound by piety and destiny. Like usual, in every great epic, there are many battles: heads gashed open and gore galore; however, to say that this…show more content…
Unfortunately, but not unexpected, Creusa, being left behind in the rear, disappears; and, before he leaves, she reappears before Aeneas in spirit. It is only then that he realizes that she had been killed in their hasty withdraw: his first, or so the manuscript reveals to me, loss of heart and love. Now, relating to Aeneas, and possibly to Virgil, I can’t help but feel the pain in Aeneas’s reflection on that particular scene: She spoke and faded into the insubstantial air, leaving me there in tears and longing to reply. Three times I tried to put my arms around her neck. Three times her phantom melted in my arms, as weightless as the wind, as light as the flight of sleep. (47) When I left to join the Army, four or five years ago, I felt the same way about leaving my love behind, my fiancée, and judging by the words above, regardless of whether or not they are archaic, they hold my memory and pain of leaving; however, unlike Aeneas, my love didn’t die. She just abandoned me when it was time for me to leave, the ghost of her face lingering in my minds eye and the scent of her perfume forever embedded within my flesh. As Aeneas continues to explain his journey to Dido, describing his wanderings, he fails to mention Creusa any further, probably for two reasons: one, Virgil saw that the particular plot device had served its
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