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In The Aeneid, Aeneas’ and his brother are on their way to Rome. After fighting in the Trojan War, Aeneas’ was destined to begin a new Roman Empire. As they were continuing on there way this is where they ran into Dido and have found the shores of the city of Carthage. At this point in the book is where we find out who is to blame for Aeneas departure from Carthage and Dido committing suicide. I would not blame Aeneas for his departure or the Dido committing suicide; the gods are the ones to blame for the death of Dido and Aeneas departing from Carthage.
Just like in the Greek era, the Roman gods were very powerful figure and have considerable influenced to the Roman people. Everyone devoted his or her life to the gods. Even though the gods did have control over Aeneas’s fate by leading him to Rome, but I still think they are going about it the wrong way. Juno, the queen of the gods, had the major role in causing all this to happen. Juno does not like Aeneas and is making his journey to Rome harder than it ever should be. To prove my point Venus had stated to Juno, “this was all pretense, a ruse to shift the kingdom of Italy onto Libyan shores,” (131) Venus is describing want Juno had setup for Aeneas to change direction. This is prefect example that Juno is doing everything she can just to stop Aeneas from conquering his journey to Rome and to start a new empire. Juno just so happens to have Aeneas change his direction and land on the shores of Libyan. The quote even says that there was an action intended to change direction and to have Aeneas’ lands on the shores of Libyan. After reading that, I think Juno is one the to blame for having Aeneas meet Dido. She should have never had made Aeneas take a turn, land on the shores, and meet Dido then none of this would ever had happen. Aeneas just got out of a war and saw that he could fall in love with the queen and rule this city with no challenges to be faced with. He’s just doing what every other heroic figure would do in all the other readings we had read.
Although the relationship of Dido and Aeneas stretches only through one book, this is where Juno causes Dido to commit suicide over the love of Aeneas. Aeneas arrives on the shore of Libyan and meets Dido. Juno saw this as a prefect opportunity to get the two of them together and have them fall in love. This is the point that I would blame Juno for the death of Dido. Juno had casted a spell on Dido to fall in love. And if she hadn’t cast this spell on Dido, then everything would be fine. Juno was telling Venus how she had planned this whole setup. Juno states “I’ll shower down a cloudburst, hail, black driving rain… make their way to the same cave shelter.” (131) Juno had prearranged everything to control the two of them to end up in the same cave and marriage will happen. Aeneas had no intention to make love with dido that day. In the quote it says that she will create a rain cloud and send the two of them to the same place. As you can see Juno is dictating these two to fall in love and is stopping Aeneas from finishing his journey to found the New Roman Empire.
Once Jupiter, the king of the gods, finds out what’s happening he sends down the messenger god to go tell Aeneas to continue on his destiny. Right here is where everything starts to unfold and how the gods are taking over and controlling Dido and Aeneas lives. This is where I would blame Juno for the death of Dido and Jupiter for having Aeneas departure from the city of Carthage. “I set sail to Italy… all against my will.” (140) This right he goes back to me mentioning that Romans will listen and do whatever the gods tell them to do. As you can see that Aeneas doesn’t want to leave but the gods are forcing him too. This also brings up the point that Aeneas’ is suppose to be this protagonist character where he shows his virtue and courage, but with the love over Dido really brings out his true weakness. He is already in love with Dido, so he sees that there’s no point for him to leave Carthage. He already has this nice set up where he just walks right into power with out doing anything. If I were Aeneas, I wouldn’t want to leave too. The only reason that Dido commits suicide is because Jupiter is telling Aeneas to continue his destiny. Dido was casted under this spell of being in love with Aeneas. When he leaves what else can she do? She loves him, but the king of the gods is controlling the way Aeneas needs to live his life. In order for her to get rid of the spell is by committing suicide.
In the end, I think that Jupiter is the one to blame for having Dido commit suicide and Aeneas leaving Carthage. Juno didn’t really help by having Aeneas and his survivors land on the shores of Libyan. Then she goes and has Aeneas and Dido fall in love in the cave switch was an ever worse mistake. Everything would have been fine at this point if Jupiter hadn’t sent down a messenger. Aeneas had a nice setup where he came in and started to rule this city without having to do nothing, but fall in love. Jupiter did not agree with this and had to ruin everyone life over a stupid destiny.


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