16. Study Questions Copy

He vows to go into battle against Aeneas.

He is compared to a dislodged rock tumbling down a mountain slope

If you found it effective, you might have thought about the relentless pace of the rock, its inability to stop, its movement that is not governed by thought, its destructive power. The Latin is in lines 684 to 689: ‘ac veluiti montis….involvens secum’. Note how in line 687, the rock becomes ‘mons’ (hyperbole) giving a sense of the power of the moving object. Note the use of the adjective ‘improbus’, which points to both the action of the stone and the character of Turnus.


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