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Throughout history there have been many works of literature that include secondary characters In some works secondary characters have almost no role at all but in other works the have a major role and the plot line wouldnt be complete without them The role of minor characters is mostly just to embellish the protagonist In Hamlet by William Shakespeare characters such as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern were created to adorn Hamlet the protagonist In The Aeneid by Virgil there are many secondary characters that embellish not only Aeneas but also other minor charactersThe protagonist of this epic is Aeneas he is the son of Venus and Anchises His is told by the gods to lead the Trojans to said to Italy where is to found Rome At the beginning of the story Juno is outraged due to a prophecy that states that race descended from the Trojans will destroy Carthage her favorite city someday At that moment Aeneas is fleeing from Troy with his followers to establish a home in Italy Aeneas goes through many adventures his first adventure is that of his journey through the sea He starts with twenty ships but ends with only seven Meanwhile Venus approaches Jupiter and bewails about the fall of the Trojans Here Venus and Jupiter are minor characters they embellish Aeneas and his race is being favored by some gods and hated by others Women play a major role in this epic through minor characters for example Cassandra and Celaeno Cassandra plays a positive role in the story due to the simple fact that no one believes her in that the Trojan horse is not what it seems Celaeno plays a negative role in the epic because she prophesizes that Aeneas will not get to Italy and his followers will come down with plague Another character like Celaeno and Cassandra is Helen she is the reason for the Trojan War Helen was kidnapped from Menelaus by Paris Aeneas
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