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Apart from the events of Book IV the Aeneid cannot be viewed as a tragedy to the extent of classifying it as a tragedy Instead whilst it contains certain elements of tragedy the epic nature of the story and the final victory of Aeneas over Turnus draws a sharp contrast between the elements typical to tragic literature The Greeks creators of tragedy defined it as a work that summons in the audience feelings of pity for the character and fear that such events could also happen to them as is the case of Sophocles Oedipus Aeschylus Niobe and all great Greek tragedy The Aeneid however while it begins with elements of tragedy becomes less and less attached to tragedy as the story proceeds At no point in the story excepting the character of Dido in book IV does the reader feel both these emotions for a character in the story For example when the city of Troy is destroyed in book II the reader feels a certain pity for Aeneas as he flees his burning city However the fear of such events happening to them is not present as the reader is aware that this is happening to the Trojans and to Aeneas because of divine influence A large part of the reason for Troys fall is that the many gods side with the Greeks in particular Juno Her hate for Aeneas is well known to the reader due to the incident with Ganymede and the fact he is destined to destroy her town of Carthage Because the reader is in no way poised to be in any of those situations they can but feel pity for Aeneas who is Also the impact of the sack of Troy on the inhabitants in general does not satisfy the requirements of tragedy in that it does not have an impact on a single person but instead is a burden shared between many The most
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