Aeneid

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During the time when Aeneas is escaping from Troy with his family, why doesn’t he look back when he feels that his wife, Creusa, is being taken away? While escaping from Troy, Aeneas feels that the Greeks are catching up to the fugitive group and he tells his son to run ahead. Then he says that a strange enemy power robbed him of his senses. Aeneas’ wife is trailing behind him and he feels that she is being taken away yet he doesn’t even look back to make sure that his own wife is still with the group. The main clue for why Aeneas doesn’t even look back to make sure that his wife is there; is when he says that something came over him robbing him of his senses. It is made clearer later when he goes back to Troy to look for his wife. He is walking through the streets of Troy yelling his wife’s name when Creusa’s ghost appears before him. She tells him that the gods forbid him from taking her with him. The ghost says that they are not allowed to be together outside of Troy and that Jupiter, the king of Olympus, also won’t allow it. She tells him that he must sail to Hesperian land and there “great joy and a kingdom are [his] to claim, and a queen to make [his] wife.” The ghost tells Aeneas to put his sorrow of losing his wife away and to look forward to what is to come. At the end of her little speech she says that the Great Mother of Gods detains her at Troy. This also raises another question why did the gods want him to travel alone without his wife. Why are they giving him a queen as his new wife? Virgil also doesn’t tell the reader exactly what happened to Creusa. Aeneas just all of a sudden feels strange and then his wife disappears from right behind him. At the end of book 2, Aeneas seems to be able to let go of his wife pretty easily which is also very…...

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