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The Aeneid by Virgil is an epic that attempts to give the Roman Empire an illustrious founding As the story progresses Virgil presents two very real human emotions pietas and impious furor Pietas is duty towards the Gods country and family Impious furor in contrast is the feeling of fury and passion These two emotions are consistently at odds with each other Many characters within the epic such as Juno are consumed by their own fury a trait which Virgil sheds negative light on Aeneas the hero and central character on the other hand is a man who is presented as pious and dutiful He obeys the Gods and journeys to Rome However at the end of the novel Aeneas himself is overtaken by rage and he kills out of vengeance Virgils goal in writing the Aeneid is to present Aeneas as a pious individual and thus giving Rome a glorious founding By closing the novel with an act of rage however Virgil portrays Aeneas as a ruthless killer The ending is inappropriate because it casts doubt on the very reason for which Virgil wrote the Aeneid Aeneas is presented as someone who is the model of pietas A Roman must show piety towards his family his country and above all piety to the Gods When Aeneas visits Carthage he falls in love with Queen Dido and plans to remain there for an indefinite amount of time However he is quickly reminded of the more important task at hand Are you forgetful Of what is your own kingdom your own fate remember Ascanius growing up the hopes you hold For Iulus your own heir to whom are owed The realm of Italy and land of Rome Aeneid 4353-369 Mercury the messenger god is scolding Aeneas for remaining in Carthage Mercury reminds him that he must remember his fate and that he should leave for Italy immediately He also reminds Aeneas of his son Ascanius
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