Features of a National Hero as Reflected in Beowulf

The meat of an epic is usually derived from the violent and social chaos which is a central conflict often pitting the hero versus an unjust king. Traditionally the hero is brave; of course, he is almost superhuman in strength, successful in battle and contemptuous of his wounds – even of death. In addition, the […]

Significance of the Aeneas – Turnus Conflict

The conflict between Aeneas, the Trojan hero and leader and Turnus, the Rutulian Prince and the leader of all Italian forces against the invaders is given towards the conclusion of the epic. It is, therefore, very much significant in the total scheme of the epic. The Aeneid is not a personal epic about Aeneas but […]

Aeneas’ Visit to the Underworld

Virgil has described Aeneas’ visit to the underworld in Book VI of The Aeneid. It has been considered as the greatest achievement of Virgil’s imaginative and poetic powers. The episode is the keystone of the whole of The Aeneid and without this episode, the poem would break apart into the two separate incomplete and unconnected […]

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