What Was The Relationship Between Hermaid And Dido In The Aeneid

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In Virgil’s The Aeneid, the love affair between Dido and Aeneas, to me was not true love. Of course, they had feelings for one another and were intimate with one another at one point in time, but it was all one big façade put on by the gods. The feelings they experienced for each other were made by the gods, they were not real feelings. The love affair created by Aeneas’ mother, Venus, goddess of love, and his brother, Cupid, god of love, was initially an attempt to keep Aeneas from being harmed in Carthrage (Virgil, 595). This love affair would soon come to a tragic end when Aeneas is reminded of his destiny in a dream and breaks Dido’s heart (Virgil, 636). This was a forbidden love that cost an innocent woman her life and the ones to blame are the gods. If the gods would have never meddled in the relationship between Dido and Aeneas this tragedy would have never happened.…show more content…
Dido would have never fallen in love with Aeneas if his mother, Venus, would have not given Cupid the order to inflame Dido’s heart with passion for Aeneas (Virgil, 636). When Juno created a storm that forced Dido and Aeneas into a cave, they began to be intimate and that only made their love for each other stronger (Virgil, 625). Dido and Aeneas’ love affair begins to crumble when Jupiter learns about it and sends Mercury to remind Aeneas of his destiny in Italy (Virgil, 628). Although, Aeneas does not want to leave Dido he must because of his destiny. When Aeneas leaves without saying goodbye Dido is heartbroken and burns all of his things and kills herself with Aeneas’

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