Book 4: Dido.

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  • Dido
    • Dido
      • pious
        • "I would pray that [...]  the All-powerful Father of the gods blast me with his thunderbolt"
      • she tries to be the perfect woman. she doesn't want to remarry and disrespect her husband.
        • "against joining any man in the bonds of marriage"
        • "I would pray that [...]  the All-powerful Father of the gods blast me with his thunderbolt"
      • Presumptuous, she asks the gods blessing for a marriage Aeneas has never mentioned, let alone agreed to.
      • depicted as a "doe" that is unaware of the wound that "will bring her death"
      • she may be complicit in her love.
        • "feeding it with her blood and being consumed by its hidden fire"
      • "infatuated" "she would cling to the couch Aeneas left", almost obsessive.
        • she cannont be blamed for her actions, she is in love because of the gods.
      • forgets about her duties. "her men age up the exercise of war and were no longer [...] making the city safe"
      • "on woman has been overthrown by two gods!" Juno
      • "would he dare to approach the queen in all her passion?"
        • she is so passionate Aeneas doesn't find her approachable, she is fearsome
      • emotionally manipulating, "does our love have no claim on you? [...] or the prospect of Dido dying"
      • "you will drain a bitter cup among the ocean rocks [...] i shall follow you not in the flesh but in the black fires of death"
      • "lovers who  had lost all recollection of their good name"
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      • she remains loyal to her deceased husband
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    • The intervention of the gods.
      • Rumor
        • "she thrives [...] gathering strength as she goes "
        • a huge and horrible monster
        • her feet still on the ground and her head hidden in the clouds"
        • she tells Dido's former suitors
        • know/ sees everything
        • brings word to Dido about Aeneas' departure
      • Venus
        • Intelligent. "Venus realised this was all just a pretece in order to diver the empire of Italy"
          • "she saw through the deception ad laughed"
        • two-faced, "who would be so insane as to reject such an offer!"
        • she tells her to ask Jupiter if he would divert fate knowing that he wont because he has already promised her otherwise.
          • this way Venus is not to blame
      • Juno
        • manipulative. she knows that if Aeneas stays I Carthage he will not found Rome.
        • childish. she only asks for peace with her sister when she already has what she wants
        • it is her idea to have the two get married
          • she orchestrates it by making it rain "I shall pour down a dark storm of rain"
        • ignorant, she thinks she is above fate that she can manipulate it to her will.
      • Mercury
        • "have you forgotten your own kingdom? your own destiny?"
        • sent by Jupiter
      • Jupiter
        • "he must sail. that is all there is to say"
        • he sends Mercury to tell Aeneas to move on
    • Aeneas
      • "this is the only man who has stirred my feelings and moved my mind to waver"
        • Aeneas is more impressive than any other man.
        • is it just because of the gods is Aeneas himself that special?
      • depicted as a shepherd that wound the animal "without his knowing it"
      • he has neglected his men "they were delighted to carry out their orders" to leave Dido's kingdom but he had previously paid no attention to their wishes
      • he is convinced to go on for the glory of his son.
      • cowardly, he is afraid to tell Dido about his departure
      • "the great valour of the man and the high glories of his line"
      • He slips into the role of leader seamlessly "Aeneas himself marched at the head"
      • "lovers who had lost all recollection of their good name"
      • Likened to "Apollo" having "equal radiance and grace"
      • Mercury has to be sent for him to move on. he loses track of his destiny and has to be reminded.
      • "Italy [...] that is my love and that is my homeland"
      • "it is not by my own will that i search for Italy"
      • "But Aeneas was faithful to his duty. much as he wanted to console her"
      • she is alone. she has unintentionally given up everything for him
        • "i am hated because of you [...] my own Tyrians are against me"
      • she is desperate. " to move his heart with prayers, becoming suppliant"
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    • Anna
      • she thinks sensibly about how an alliance will help Carthage.,
        • "what a kingdom you will see rising here if you are married to such a man"
      • she wants her sister to be happy "delight of children" "the rewards of love"
      • "where there had been doubt she gave hope"
      • presumptuous. she assumed Aeneas holds the same feelings.
        • "what a kingdom you will see rising here if you are married to such a man"
    • the death.
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    • Love
      • "suffering from loves deadly wound"
      • "a fire of wild love"
      • "the flame was eating the soft marrow of her bones"
      • described as an arrow that gives a fatal wound.
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      • "the madness is working through her bones"
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    • the wedding
      • its unnatural
        • "suddenly some wild goats were disturbed on top of the crag and came running down"
        • "they had gathered into a herd and were raising dust as they left the high ground behind them "
      • "fire flashed and the heavens were witness to the marriage while nymphs wailed on the mountain tops"
      • "this day was the beginning of her death"
        • Juxtaposition between a wedding and death

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