20. Study Questions Copy

There is no right or wrong answer here, but the simile puts Aeneas in the role of predator and Turnus as prey. Even wounded, it is Aeneas who is in the position of strength here. But earlier, it is Turnus who has been portrayed as like a wolf, so these roles are frequently interchangeable.

His sword (the one that had belonged to his father).

Although ostensibly Aeneas is the hero (and the audience will know that he will ultimately triumph), Turnus represents part of the race that will become the Roman people (Italians and Trojans will intermarry). So, there may have been an ambiguity of feeling. And Turnus is not presented as an obvious villain (as opposed to a character such as Mezentius).


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