Passion: Who Really Needs It?

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Passion has a way of inserting its influence in everyday life. It can be so strong that it can change the course of people's lives. People can be consumed by passion. In the name of Passion, people could or would do just about anything. Passion has a way of fogging people's minds so their decisions are not clearly thought through. This can be said about the main characters in Vigil's The Aeneid. It was Dido's love for Aeneas that ultimately led to her destruction and similarly Turnus' love for Lavinia that led to his destruction. Wither it was brought on by the gods or they were predisposed to it or both, passion played a significant role in the lives of Dido and Turnus for the consequences of passion ultimately led to both of their destructions.

The gods played a role in fueling the passions of Dido and Turnus. It was ordained by the gods that Dido was to help Aeneas when we arrived in Carthage. Venus fearing what Dido would do to Aeneas, seeing how Dido was dear to Juno and that Juno hated the Trojans with all her heart, sent her son Cupid to bewitch Dido. Venus had Cupid pretend to be Aeneas' son and when Dido kissed Cupid, he bewitched her. This way Dido wouldn't do a thing to hurt Aeneas. When Juno realizes that Dido has been bewitched she then tells Venus that Dido and Aeneas should be married and that she will do it herself. Venus just goes along with Juno, saying "nothing to oppose the plan; she granted what Juno wanted, smiling at its cunning." (Virgil, Book 4 170-71) Juno wanted the kingdom of Italy to be in Libya. Lavinia was betrothed to wed Turnus. It was ordained by the gods however,