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Aeneas, journeying to his fated destination, encounters foul weather and is forced to land is fleet on the Libyan coast. There he is welcomed by the widowed Dido, queen of Carthage. Books 2 and 3 contain Aeneas' account(told to Dido) of events both natural and supernatural that have led him to her shore. In book 4 Dido confesses her love for Aeneas, who (though he regrets his fate) is then forced by the gods to set sail again. Dido prepares to kill herself. The trojans, in Book 5, journey to Sicily, where they engage in a series of competitions to commemmorate the anniversary of the death of Aeneas' father, Anchises. They then set sail again. Book 6 is the account of Aeneas' journey to the underworld and Elysium, where he meets the ghosts of Dido and Anchises, among others. In this book, the destiny of Rome is revealed. Books 8-12 relate the fate of the Trojans as they reach the Tiber and are received by Latinus, king of the region. Other latins (encouraged by the gods) resent the arrival of the Trojans and the projected marriage alliance between Aeneas and Latvia, Lainus' daughter.
Virgil's the Aeneid
An antiwar novel set during WWI, it was written after the war and reflects the disillsuionment of the period. the Book is an account of a young man's experiences in battle and of his short career as a soldier. It details the daily routine of soldiers who seem to have no past or future apart from their life in the trenches. Notable characters include Paul Baumer, Krop Muller, and Kat. Its sequel is The Road Back
Remarque's All quiet on the Western Front
The Narractive Centers on the adulterous affair between Anna, wife of Aleksey Karenin, and Countr Vronsky, a young bachelor. Kerenin's discovery of the laison arouses only his coucern for his own public image. Anna promises discresion for the sake of her husband and young son, but eventually becomes pregnant by Vronsky. After the child is born, Anna and child accompany Vronsky to Italy, then to his Russian estate. She begins making furtive trips to see her older child and grows increasingly better toward Vronsky, eventually regard him as unfaithful. In desperation, she goes to the train station and purchases a ticket. She then impusively throws herself in front of the incoming train. A parallel love story, involving the difficult courtship and fulfilling marriage of Kitty andLevin, provides a rich counterpoint.
Tolstoy's Anna Karenina
This play concerns that part of the Oedipus story that occurs after Etecoles and Polyneices have killed each other over the succession to the throne of Thebes. Antigone's uncle Creon succeeds to the throne and decrees that anyonw who buries the dishonored Polyneices will face capital punishment. Antigone, however, obeys her instincts of love and loyality and defies the orders of her uncle, willing to face the consequences of her act of humanity. Believing that civic duty outweighs family ties, Creon refuses to commute Antigone's death sentence. By the time he is finally persuaded to free Antigone, she has killed herself. The discovery of her body prompts Creon's son, Haemon, the kill himself out of love and sympathy for the dead Antigone, and Creon's wife, Eurydice, then kills herself out of grief over these tragic events
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