The Aeneid Sacrifice

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The “two voices of The Aeneid” is a widely used phrase that has been vital in describing the ambivalence expressed in the poem about the founding of a “new world”. Scholars and writers around the world continue to debate whether or not the sacrifices made by the epic’s characters were ultimately worth their suffering? In this essay, I plan to discuss why I consider the sacrifices made by the characters to be worth it in the grand scheme of things, those losses mainly being the loss of the city of Troy and human life; Iwill support my argument by proving that what is gained in the making of the new world of Rome, a world that is supposed to be better than the world the founders have left behind, which will become a place of freedom, outweighs…show more content…
Instantly, she commanded a storm be sent Aeneas’s way. The reader immediately feels bad for Aeneas, who has suffered so much loss, when he exclaims out in the middle of this treacherous storm, “ Diomedes, why could I not go down when you wounded me, and lose my life of Ilium’s battlefield.” When saying the words why could I not go down when you wounded me, Aeneas is literally expressing that he would rather be dead than alive, wishing he had died on the flaming battlefield of Troy. Aeneas has suffered so much previous loss that he feels as if he cannot endure this bleak and perilous journey to become the founder of Rome, which is his destiny. This opening quotes serves as an umbra, or shadow to book IV, in which Aeneas will discover why all the suffering is worth it in the…show more content…
With all this forfeiture, how could one argue that this was beneficial? This is because from the first line of the epic, Virgil made it very clear that it was Aeneas’ sole mission to become the founder of Rome when he stated in the opening, “I sing of warfare and a man at war, from the sea-coast of Troy in early days he came to Italy by destiny, to our Lavinian western shore” (I.1-5). The use of the terms warfare and man refer to Homer’s epics the Iliad and the

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