Thursday, October 4, 2012
Does Juno's attempt to hurt the Trojans actually benefit them in the end while at the same time hurt Carthage?
Throughout the epic, Juno makes her displeasure for the Trojans clear. From the beginning, she hates them as it is prophesied that they will lead to the downfall of Carthage. Juno tries to make Dido and Aeneus fall in love in order to protect Carthage from being destroyed by the Trojans or Dido's brother Pygmalion. In the end, this only leads to Carthage experiencing tragedy as their leader, Dido's heart is broken by Aeneus and she kills herself. Aeneus, at the same time, goes on to eventually establish Rome. Juno's attempt to protect Carthage and hold back Aeneus fails. At the end of the epic, Juno again tries to hurt the Trojans (Aeneus specifically) as she turns King Latinus against him in his fight against Turnus. King Latinus was originally Aeneus's friend who's daughter he was going to marry, but in the end Juno makes him his enemy. However, Aeneus still pulls off a victory against Turnus which leads to yet another one of Juno's attempts on causing the Trojans' failure unsuccessful.