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Virgil Book I Essay

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The Intro: lines # 1-11 These first eleven lines are very important in the development of The Aeneid. They portray important historical background information which is vital while reading the epic. We enter the story being educated on the life of a man, Aeneas, who has survived the Trojan War and has become a hero to his men and people, but due to the persistent wrath of a particular goddess, Juno, his journey to fulfill his destiny and establish the city of Rome has been severely altered. This proves its importance because it establishes the basis for the story. This section cites the hardships that were endured by the protagonist, including the Trojan War and the gods' angers, which consequently helps the reader relate Aeneas's quandaries to his own troubles where it literally felt as if "the Gods were against him." Because of the elaborated development of the problems that faced Aeneas, the reader tends to pity him. Although having only read eleven lines, the reader is emotionally engulfed in the thus far sad tale of a warrior who was forbidden to return home.Juno's Jealousy and Anger: lines # 12-33 Again we see the chronic anger of the Queen Goddess Juno, however now it is justified with supporting information. The author tells us the causes through his "necdum etiam"¦Ganymedis honores-" (ln 25-28) which include Paris not selecting her as the most beautiful, her rejected beauty, Ganymede being snatched away, and the Roman race which will, by fate, overthrow her beloved Carthaginians and conquer most of the European area and surroundings.In the beginning of this segment of The Aeneid, Virgil continues his lecturing on the ever-so important background information. He goes on to tell the readers of a sacred place "which Juno is said to have cherished more than all lands alone with Samos having been considered less important" (quam Iuno"¦coluisse Samo) (ln 15-16). Samos being her most adored city which holds her chariot and many temples dedicated to her. Virgil explains that this sacred place, Carthage, will be overcome by a superior race rooting from Aeneas. The reader finally understands the much-anticipated motive for the bizarre wrath of Juno. It is obvious that by her preventing Aeneas to land on Latium, the Roman race will never be launched, therefore never destroying her Carthaginians. Although the reader sees a justification in her upset behavior, he completely contrasts with her in her plan to wipeout Aeneas and his fleet. A reoccurring theme rises through this predicament stating that one cannot alter others' destiny. The fates are always right and nothing can be done to prevent them from their occurrence.A very important and fabulous line is added to the end of this portion of this epic. On line 33, it states "Tantae molis erat Tomanam condere gentem" or it was such as great task as to found the Roman race. This line is filled with passion and emotion which sends a vibe out and grasp onto something. This is one of my...

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