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Dido, in Virgil's Aeneid,  is one of the many abandoned woman in the literatures of the world. Compare her reaction to her abandonment to that of Medea in Euripides' Medea.

Dido is one of the many abandoned woman in the literatures of the world. Compare the emotions that contribute to her extreme reactions to her situationMedea

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thanatassa | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 26, 2012 at 9:57 AM (Answer #1)

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Both Medea in Euripides’ play Medea and Dido in Virgil’s Aeneid are women abandoned by heroes. In both cases, the women helped the heroes and were repaid by being abandoned. Medea killed her brothers and permanently alienated her family to help and follow Jason. Dido risked her position in her kingdom to help Aeneas.

Both women, it could be argued, went insane. In Dido’s case, she became distraught, cursed Aeneas, and killed herself. In Medea’s case, the anger turned exclusively on Jason and she killed Jason’s new fiancé and her own children to harm Jason. In Dido’s cade, grief accompanied and overwhelmed anger; in Medea’s case, anger overwhelmed all other emotions.

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