Compare/Contrast Aeneid and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

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The Greatest Emotion of All One emotion above all others has the capacity to build a man up and tear him down and is the fundamental reason he is placed here on Earth. It is the driving force that surrounds endless legends and seems to have no bounds. This emotion is love. Virgil’s Aeneid and the Christian author of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, created two texts which represent two fundamental archetypes of love, and their answers reveal much about how the ancient world viewed this emotion. It is clear Virgil portrays a form of love that has a substantial reverence to country and family, while the love found within the pages of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight presents adoration for self-preservation, specifically for the honor of individual prestige. These attitudes differ drastically, yet they also share some common themes, particularly with the suffering that typically accompanies love. Virgil depicts a tone of sincerity and seriousness right from the start of The Aeneid that escalates throughout the poem. He displays some key themes present in Roman literature, and their view on love in the context of duty and country. Virgil establishes the character of Aeneas, a man whose devotion to his mission overcomes his personal desires. Aeneas is a man of duty and acclaim, worthy of honor. He places Aeneas on a path towards the founding of Rome, at the same time, suggesting that the themes Aeneas overcomes are the very same things that built Rome into a great power. We begin by reading of Prince Aeneas’ search for a new home in Italy after the destruction of Troy. Although he is worn out from the war in Troy, Aeneas’ strong hope remains intact, even after Juno plots a treacherous storm that leads to the death of many of his men. Virgil does not wait long to challenge Aeneas’ devotion to his cause. After he proves his worth on the field of battle, and his
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