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Authority is the centerpiece of power With it one has the ability to control those around them under the basis of their power and maintain a given sense of order and duty as well This notion of the importance of authority is nowhere more evident than in Virgils Aeneid where through the manner in which Dido falls from authority and eventually fights to gain it back Virgil paints the image of a character whose whole existence centers about the authority and sense of duty she shares for both herself and the people she is in charge of Furthermore through the folly of succumbing to her own desires Dido must ultimately sacrifice all she holds dear to regain a small semblance of that authority which is lost In other words it is precisely this fall Dido suffers and the manner in which she regains her authority that allow her to exude the heroic qualities that make her the steadfast leader she truly isAs Dido begins to fall madly in love with Aeneas her longing for personal desire fully encompasses her being and slowly strips her of her own integrity and authority For example in describing how enthralled Dido is Virgil notesUnlucky Dido burning in her madnessRoamed through all the city like a doeBy a shepherd hunting in the Cretan woodsHit by surprise nor could the hunter seeHis flying steel had fixed itself in herBut though she runs for life through copse and gladeThe fatal shaft clings to her side IV 91-98The purpose of this simile here is twofold First it captures the image of Didos passion in all its engulfing fury The passion is depicted as burning madness IV 91 that slowly eats away at Didos rationale leaving her a shattered visage of her former self roaming the streets of her city with a desire so strong that it fully encompasses all her thoughts and leaves her oblivious to the world around her as well This
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