The Aeneid: Story of Heroism and Bereavement

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Heroism and Bereavement
Vergil’s Aeneid is an epic that illustrates the determination that displays heroism amongst an individual, and furthermore, how this perception of heroism is shifted throughout the play. An example of this modification in Vergil’s perception of heroism was presented in Book 10, during the dreadful death of Lausus by the hands of Aeneas. Vergil presented the death of Lausus as a very extreme and vicious act. Nevertheless, Vergil illustrated Lausus’ death in such a vicious manner for various reasons. Firstly, he wanted to show the readers the new side of Aeneas. Secondly, his death displayed another example of the father-son relationship in the play. Lastly, because Vergil attempted to have the readers reflect back on Pallas. Therefore, due to these reasons, Vergil portrays the death of Lausus in such an appalling manner. First and foremost, Vergil displays the death of Lauses in such a vicious act because he wants to depict the new side of Aeneas. In the first half of Aeneid, it’s represented that Aeneas is an individual who is courageous, yet, at the same time also dependent on the decisions the Gods make for him. Therefore, Vergil displays Aeneas as a character that can’t withstand or resist the will that Gods make for him and his fate. This was shown in Book 4, as Aeneas was demanded by the Gods to leave Carthage and Dido because the Gods felt those were the obstacles that were interrupting him from his goals. “Are you, of all people, laying the foundations of lofty Carthage and building a beautiful city – for a woman? What about your realms, your own affairs” (Book 4, lines 299-302)? However Aeneas did feel sympathy and love for Dido, but was unable to express it. Therefore, he did exactly what the Gods asked, and left Carthage and Dido. However, as we shift to the second half of the Aeneid, Jupiter conveys Juno and Venus not to get involved with Aeneas’ and let him accomplish his goals on his own. Now, there is a drastic character...
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