Book 2: The Fall of Troy

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  • The Fall of Troy
    • Aeneas' character.
      • "death was the only thing I could hope for" (at his house)
      • "ready to follow me" the people have faith in him.
      • "I shall not leave your side till I see you safety standing on the threshold of your fathers door "
      • "my mind recoiled in anguish when you asked"
      • "mindlessly I put on my armour [...] Frenzy and anger drove me on and suddenly it seemed a noble thing to die in arms"
        • he forgets his family, he knows nothing but furor, the gods are what make him great nit his own actions.
      • while he becomes the leader of the Trojans he fights with he gives them no hope "let us die" he tells them. adding "madness to their courage"
      • he wants to kill Helen, he allows Furor to take over him.
        • "I shall take pleasure in feeding the flames of vengeance"
      • he didn't realise his wife was gone. he worried only about his father and son
      • "I shall take pleasure in feeding the flames of vengeance"
      • "I yielded "
        • "he is a reluctant leader, he doesn't want to be responsible for these people.
    • Laocoon and the prisoner.
      • "he went on with his lies, cringing with fear as he spoke"
      • "the day of the abomination was soon upon us" - Sinon
      • "listen now to this story of Greek treachery and, from this indictment, learn the ways of a whole people"
      • Sinon means snake.
      • "i am afraid of Greeks, even when they bare gifts"  Laocoon
      • "two serpents [...] coil upon unmeasurable coil [...] they seized his two sons [...] feeding on their helpless limbs.
      • "like the bellowing of a wounded bull shaking the ineffectual axe out of its neck as it flees from the alter"
    • The ghost of Creausa.
      • "I was paralysed. my hair stood on end. my stuck in my throat"
        • he is afraid for the first time, maybe beaus he has confronted what he has already lost
      • her last words are "do not fail in your love for our son"
        • emphasises the family theme. she dies, the importance is on the makles and continuation of the line
      • emphasises the family theme. she dies, the importance is on the makles and continuation of the line
      • Aeneas does love her as he goes back for her but he is told there will be another wife.
      • Creausa is already gone, she was not important to Rome
      • she refers to herself I the third person ad in past tense
    • The family and Fire baby
      • "flames seemed to lick his soft hair and feed round his forehead without hurting him"
      • "Father Anchises looking joyfully up to the stars of heaven and raising his hands palms upwards, lifted his voice in prayer"
        • Juxtaposes the fear of the parents.
      • very much about family, we almost forget that there is a war going on outside of the walls.
      • "if the gods in heaven had wished for me to go onliving they would have preserved this place for me "
        • they all remain pious
      • "my own right hand will earn me my death"
      • "her cries of anguish were filling the whole house when suddenly there was a great miracle"
      • believe it is a sign from Jupiter that they are all ment to leave and survive.
      • they all remain pious
    • The gods/ fate.
      • "the engine of fate mounted our walls"
      • The serpents that attacked Laocoon were sent by Athene.
      • "it is Jupiter himself who us rousing the gods against the armies oif Troy"
      • "Illium has come to an end [...] Jupiter has given everything over to Argos"
      • "they would have been carried off by the flames [...] if my loving care were not defending them" - Venus protects Aeneas' family.
      • Cassandra tries to tell them but she will never be believed.
      • "if divine fate, if the minds of the gods had not been set against us [...] Troy would still be standing"
      • "four times it stooped on the very threshold of the gate, and four times the armour clanged in its womb"
      • "the weapons parted and the flames drew back before me"
    • The Greeks.
      • "with blood you must find a way to return" - Sinon
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      • "brute force made the breach"
        • not skill, the Trojans may have been defeated but they hold the high ground
      • "sometimes [...] Greeks were cut down in their hour of triumph"
      • "filling the vast cavern of its womb with armed soldiers"
        • the give birth to nothing but violence and hatred.
        • "fatal offering"
      • "pity me in my great sufferings" - Sinon
        • dramatic irony.
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    • The Trojans.
      • they trusted Sinon and pitied him. they are the victims.
      • the ones who hold the power are often reffered to as snakes the only time a Trojan is reffered to thisway is when they are defeating the Greek Andrgoeos
      • "they saw the end was near, and these were the weapons they were preparing to defend themselves with in the very moment of death"
      • "unmarried girls and boys sang their hymns"
        • everything about the Trojans suggests innocence.
      • They are, in some ways, nieve. "we had never met villainy on this scale before" (Sinon's story)
    • The fall of Priam.
      • "Hecuba and her daughters were sitting flocked round the alter, like doves driven down in a black storm"
        • juxtaposition, they are doves and he is the black storm.
      • "reached his father and his mother, and vomited his lifes blood before their eyes"
        • Barbarian like cruelty
      • "a corpse without a name"
        • emphasises how far troy has fallen, Priam is now just another casualty.
      • "he was dragging Priam to the very alter, his body trembelling as it slithered thrugh the pools of his sons blood"
        • Barbarian like cruelty

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