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Dido and Turnus both hold significant roles in the Aeneid with their opposing relations of love and hate to Aeneas in his mission They are the two most important characters that stand in the way of the founding of Rome Their existences both exenterate and hinder Aeneas personally as well as in terms of him seeking his destiny Their deaths are necessary to bring closure in an episode in the Aeneid and allow Aeneas to free himself from responsibility with Dido and Turnus so he may found Rome Dido and Turnus both have a significant relationship to Aeneas mission The similarly is that hey both hold extreme emotions towards Aeneas that brings them close to him and hinders him on his journey Their emotions are both intense but completely opposite love and hate Dido does not wish to harm Aeneas mission until he leaves her and Turnus has ill wishes for Aeneas all along Dido is completely in love with Aeneas and holds very strong emotions towards him as she tries to make him stay with her in Carthage Deceiver did you even hope to hide so harsh a crime to leave this land of mine without a word Can nothing hold you back- neither your love the hand you pledged nor even the cruel death that lies in wait for Dido IV 410-415 Contrast to Didos feelings Turnus has undying hate towards Aeneas and wishes for nothing more to impede on Aeneas happiness of carrying out his mission on Turnus homeland Turnus feels a lot of hatred towards Aeneas because Aeneas and his men walk into his homeland and are trying to claim it and take over it Turnus also is enraged because of Aeneas effect on Latinus decision of handing his daughters hand to Turnus Turnus wishes nothing more than to cause his death or eliminate Aeneas destiny Turnus desire to defeat Aeneas causes him to think of himself as being like
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