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Many scholars criticize the -Aeneid as being an interpretation of the Odyssey and Iliad through the eyes a Roman writer Although similar events occur accompanied by familiar characters Virgil does not utilize the same writing style of Homer Virgils writing represents a more sophisticated art of writing reflective of the time period Aeneus character does not share the same features of the Odysseus Aeneus lacks the wits and leadership that Odysseus had Aeneus molding into a leader occurred over the span of the book where as Odysseus was almost godlike In contrast to Odysseus Aeneus is a more sophisticated character that extracts many emotions from the reader His adventures are generic but his actions and reactions are original Aeneus takes us from his burning home to the underworld to the shores of Italy demonstrating unanticipated passions and feelings During this journey of endurance Aeneus actions and surrounding actions in rage the reader while also withdrawing pity and the satisfaction of justice A reader can start to sense feelings of hatred towards a character but lack of such emotion would be robbing Aeneus of his satisfaction When Aeneus retells the loss of his wife Creusa he says She alone failed her friends her child her husband A II 963-64 Aeneus shows no sorrow for losing her but blames her for not being next to his side Although Aeneus made his wife follow him she is to blame for not making it out of Troy His insensitivity shown through the loss of his wife characterizes his feelings about woman that love him She loved him for so long and he cant feel sad or shattered A wife for so long he cant keep track of her when he should be following her making sure the family is safe His lack of concern about his wife shows how much of a cad he is and presents reason for hating him Also Mercury convinces Aeneus
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