Aeneas’s main duty is to serve the gods by founding the Roman race. “As the sharp admonition and command from heaven had shaken him awake, he now burned only to be gone, to leave that land of the sweet life behind” (Fitzgerald, 105). This line shows how Aeneas yearns to leave the life he has in Carthage after the gods have told him to go to Italy. He leaves for Italy, as the gods told him to, against his will for he said, “So please, no more of these appeals that set us both afire. I sail for Italy not of my own free will” (Fitzgerald, 108).
“Then come, dear father. Arms around my neck: I’ll take you on my shoulders, no great weight. Whatever happens, both will face one danger, find one safety” (Fitzgerald, 58). Aeneas carries his father through Troy on his shoulders when the city when under attacked and he says that they will face one danger and one safety. This shows that not only does Aeneas have to serve the gods and his country, but he also has to serve the duties of his family by protecting them.
“So ran the speech. Burdened and sick at heart, he feigned hope in his look, and inwardly contained his anguish” (Fitzgerald, 10). Aeneas gave this speech to his followers to keep their morale up. It was his duty to found the city in Italy and in order to do so, he must be a leader and lead his men there. His men were gale-worn and they were worried about their friends who were lost after the storm. Aeneas feigned hope to his men and gave a speech about how they can look back on this one day after they rebuild Troy.
“I am Aeneas, duty-bound, and known above high air of heaven by my fame, carrying with me in my ships our gods of hearth and home, saved from the enemy. I look for Italy to be my fatherland, and my descent is from all-highest Jove” (Fitzgerald, 17). This is how Aeneas introduced himself to the huntress (Venus) he meets in Libya. This reveals how much his mission and his responsibilities make up his identity.
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