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希神-特洛伊(Troy)战争中的勇士-Aeneas

希神-特洛伊(Troy)战争中的勇士-Aeneas

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Suffering of Preparing for the Rome Aeneas, son of mortal Anchises and goddess Venus, survives the siege of Troy. He is chosen to prepare for the Rome and its empire in Italy. However, the foundation of the glorious Roman Empire is built on suffering and sacrifices. The sadness and tragedy are so prominent that they tend to give readers a feeling of unworthiness to have this power. Aeneas is the victim for this unchangeable destiny, who has to sacrifice his own wishes, needs, and ego througho
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Suffering of Preparing for the Rome Aeneas, son of mortal Anchises and goddess Venus, survives the siege of Troy. He is chosen to prepare for the Rome and its empire in Italy. However, the foundation of the glorious Roman Empire is built on suffering and sacrifices. The sadness and tragedy are so prominent that they tend to give readers a feeling of unworthiness to have this power. Aeneas is the victim for this unchangeable destiny, who has to sacrifice his own wishes, needs, and ego througho

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1 Suffering of Preparing for the RomeAeneas, son of mortal Anchises and goddess Venus, survives the siege of Troy.He is chosen to prepare for the Rome and its empire in Italy. However, the foundation of the glorious Roman Empire is built on suffering and sacrifices. The sadness and tragedyare so prominent that they tend to give readers a feeling of unworthiness to have thispower. Aeneas is the victim for this unchangeable destiny, who has to sacrifice his ownwishes, needs, and ego throughout the play. Examples of these include wanderings as theTrojans make their way from Troy to Italy, negative repercussions during and after thefalling of Troy, the queen of Carthage, Dido’s love towards Aeneas, and Aeneas ‘s dutytowards God. Therefore, Suffering is too much to set forth for the good of Rome.Aeneas and the Trojans feel vulnerable to fears of their wanderings as they maketheir way from Troy to Italy. One of the reasons for fear is because they do not knowtheir fate at the beginning. After the Greek’s invasion of troy, the Trojans basically losetheir home. The feeling of homelessness makes them suffer because they need to find anew place and settle down. Additional, getting the unknown land also sets moreuncertainties for their lives. Aeneas appears to be confident and strong when he comfortshis people. As he says to his people, “Friends and companions, Have we not known hardhours before this? My men, have endured sill greater dangers, God will grant us an end tothese as well…Now call back your courage, and have done with fear and sorrow” (1.270).Even though Aeneas suffers from these uncertainties of their lives, he still needs to standup as the leader of the Trojans.Aeneas and the Trojans not only suffer from wandering, but also need to deal withunexpected incident such as storms on the sea. Their ships are attached by frequent
 
2storms. Juno, queen of gods, hates the Trojans because of the Trojan Paris’s judgmentagainst her in a beauty contest. Juno calls on Aeolus, the god of the winds, to bring agreat storm down upon Aeneas’s ships. Aeneas watches with horror as the stormapproaches. The narrator describes Aeneas’s reaction: “Every sign Portended a quick death for mariners. Aeneas on the instant felt his knees go numb and slack, and stretchedboth hands to heaven” (1.129). The winds and waves are hitting their ships repeatedly,and some of them even sink in the whirlpool. As the narrator describes, “Across the stern,pitching the steersman down and overboard. Three times the eddying sea Carried the shiparound in the same place Until the rapid whirlpool gulped it down. A few men swimmingsurfaced in the water. So did shields, planks, precious things of Troy” (1.160). Thestorms make the Trojans’ lives hellish by sinking and scattering their ships.Aeneas and the Trojans feel disoriented because they land on an unknown shoreafter the storm. Later, the Trojans figure out that they are on the coast of Libya. They cannot get to their destination, Italy easily. Setbacks come one after another. Even though theTrojans feel tired, they make a fire and set out to hunt for food. As the narrator describes,“Driving them with his shafts through leafy places, Shooting and shooting till he won thehunt by laying seven carcasses on the ground, A number equal to his ships” (1.259).Despite all the difficulties they have experienced, they still need to set out to Italy after some rests.Aeneas is destined to survive despite all the hardships. His sufferings in Troy willbe redeemed eventually by his glory in Italy. However, this glory is not worth it becausesuffering is not the value that one wants to live in. When Aeneas meets Dido, ruler of Carthage’s in Libya, she begs him to retell the story of his adventures during the war.Aeneas experiences the pain again when he begins his sorrowful story. As Aeneas says,
 
3“Sorrow too deep to tell, your majesty, you order me to feel and tell once more…Thesplendor of our mourned-forever kingdom-heartbreaking things I saw with my own eyesAnd was myself apart of. Who could tell them, Even a Myrmidon or Dolopian Or ruffianof Ulysses, without tears” (2.3). This quote reveals that even the Greeks would be able tofeel the sorrow of this tragedy if it is told properly from the point of view of the victims.Again, Aeneas expresses his feeling of sadness about the Trojan War.Aeneas has to sacrifice his desire of fighting for Troy and killing Venus, source of all suffering, while Troy is invaded by the Greeks. Aeneas feels extremely angry at theGreeks because they infiltrate his city and kill a tremendous number of Trojans. Venus,the goddess of love and the mother of Aeneas tells her son to flee Troy because his fate iselsewhere. Aeneas has to leave Troy while others Trojans are protecting and dying for thecity. Again, Aeneas feels remorseful because he is not part of the force that guardsagainst the intruders. He can not even kill Helen, source of the war, to ease his anger andfrustration because Venus stops him. As the narrator describes, “I turned wildly upon her,But at that moment, clear, before my eyes-Never before so clear-in a pure light Steppingbefore me, radiant through the night, My loving mother came: immortal, tall, And lovelyas the lords of heaven know her. Catching me by the hand, she held me back” (2.771).This quote states that the gods’ will determines who should and should not live. Enablingsome of the Trojans to flee from Troy is part of destiny. Again, fate must always befulfilled, and his fate is to survive and build the foundation for the Roman Empire in Italyregardless of all his suffering.Aeneas’s sadness not only causes by the downfall of Troy, but also the death of his wife, Creusa. While Aeneas, his family, and many other followers flee, Creusa is lostduring their escape. After everyone leaves the city, Aeneas returns to look for her, but he

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