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Compare the love of Jason and Medea, Argonautica with the love of Aeneas and Dido, Aeneid - Book Report/Review Example

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Argonautica and Aeneid are considered part of the classical literature for different reasons: their influence in future works, their complexity, etc. Both narrate the adventures of mythological heroes, Jason and Aeneas, and how they fulfil their destiny with the help of gods…

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Compare the love of Jason and Medea, Argonautica with the love of Aeneas and Dido, Aeneid

Specially, taking into account that Virgil, Aeneid's author, based his narration of Aeneas and Dido love on Jason and Medea love. Disgracefully the versions of Argonautica that have survived (one by Apollonius Rhodius and another by Gaius Valerius Flaccus) were writer many years after Virgil's Aeneid.
As it has been stated before, Argonautica and Aeneid have in common the love of their main protagonists; a deep love that will end in tragedy in both cases. Medea and Dido are proud women whose common sense is obliterated by the intense love they feel towards Jason and Aeneas; love that is symbolized with flames, fire, etc; as can be seen in the following examples:
"--- and the flame waxing wondrous great from the small brand consumes all the twigs together; so, coiling round her heart, burnt secretly Love the destroyer; and the hue of her soft cheeks went and came, now pale, now red, in her soul's distraction" (275-298. Book III. Apollonius)
Both Medea and Dido succumb to this passion and marry their loved ones in spite of the problems that their union with the heroes arises. Medea, after a long fight with herself, finally accepts her love for Jason, especially after having been convinced by her sister Chalciope to help the strangers to pass the tasks her father has set upon them. ...
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