Virgil's Aeneid: Turnus, the Main Antagonist

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Turnus appears to be the main antagonist in Virgil's Aeneid. He competed with  to marry Lavinia. As a character, he is somewhat similar to Aeneas. They both seem to be proud, stubborn, and won't accept fate. Turnus wanted to marry princess Lavinia, daughter of King Latinus who was king of the Latins, despite the father’s rule that she was supposed to marry an outsider, and King Latinus saw that outsider as Aeneas. Due to Turnus being a stubborn and proud character, the opportunity slips right past him when he arrogantly forgets to open the gates to the Trojan base. As a result, Turnus became outnumbered as he blindly fought the Trojans which led him to decide to escape by jumping into the Tiber River. To aid Turnus, Juno summons a ghost of Aeneas which is used to lure Turnus onto a ship for safety from the Trojans. Once aboard, Turnus began to question his own existence and even contemplated suicide because he did not feel worthy. Aeneas and Turnus battled to the point Aeneas had him pinned down; Turnus started to beg for his life. Turnus begs Aeneas either to spare him or give his body back to his people. Aeneas considers but upon seeing his old friend’s belt of Pallas on Turnus, he is overwhelmed with rage and finishes him off. This passage portrays a message to us readers. The message is that if destiny was to be contrasted with a desire or lust, then destiny would overcome the desires of the person. In this case, it is Turnus’s love for Lavinia.
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