The Aeneid, The Hero Aeneas Essay

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In Virgil’s “Aeneid”, the hero Aeneas, a Trojan who traveled to Italy, is faced with a series of challenges. To overcome these challenges, Aeneas seeks help from the gods as he tries to make his way back home. In Homer’s “The Odyssey”, the hero Odysseus spends ten years trying to return to his homeland, Ithaca. Both heroes face similar challenges that they need to overcome in order to accomplish their goals. The Odyssey has two characters that hinder the hero’s journey; Calypso and Circe. The Aeneid has the character Dido who delays Aeneas’ journey. This essay will compare both stories, showing similarities and differences of how the hero’s journey was delayed.
The Aeneid is a Latin epic poem, written by Virgil between 29 and 19 B.C. The story is centered on the main character, Aeneas, a Trojan war survivor and leader of the Trojans after the fall of Troy. Aeneas and his men sail for Italy, where he is destined to found Rome. While sailing for their destination, a fierce storm redirects the fleet to the island Carthage; “…a howling wind from the North Struck against the sail. Waves shot to the start. The oars shattered. The prow swung around, Exposing the side to the waves, and then A mountain of water broke over the fleet…The Trojans disembark on the welcome beach, Laying their brine-soaked bodies on the sand” (Virgil, 4,6-7). Dido, Carthage’s founder, welcomes Aeneas and his men. These women Calypso, Circe, and Dido all have one thing in common. That is to distract the
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