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‘What details in Virgil’s portrayal of the fall of Troy strike you as particularly tragic?
You should support your answer with a range of references to the parts of Aeneid 2 you
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ok so some points i may make are
- dehumanisation of Priam (his head cut off, body left on a random shore)
- aeneas protecting his family in times of need
- echoing previous point, hecuba protecting her daughters and attempting to save priam.
is this question an 8 mark style or 10 mark content essay?
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(Original post by HeeHaw)
ok so some points i may make are
- dehumanisation of Priam (his head cut off, body left on a random shore)
- aeneas protecting his family in times of need
- echoing previous point, hecuba protecting her daughters and attempting to save priam.
is this question an 8 mark style or 10 mark content essay?
thanks!
its a 10 mark content essay
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Not sure if it's too late, but I just did a paper with a similar question (the gloom with nothing to lighten the mood one) and here's how I structured my answer:

Tragic:
- Priam and his family witnesses the death of another of their sons, Polites, as he "pours out his life with a lot of blood", before Priam himself is killed before their very eyes and also at the altar...perhaps Pyrrhus was scorning the gods as well?
- Before this, Hecuba and her daughters were huddled around the altar "like doves driven headlong into a storm", there's a lot of vulnerability there and that emphasises the tragedy of Aeneid II
- Priam equips himself with armour he is long unaccustomed to, this highlights the desperation he feels and therefore the tragedy
- Creusa dies, and Aeneas is frantically running through the dwellings of the city to find her (again, desperation = tragedy)

Hopeful:
- Aeneas makes it out alive with Anchises, Iulus and the household gods...perhaps carrying on the legacy of Troy?
- Creusa soothes Aeneas by saying she won't be taken into captivity, and that a kingdom and royal wife await Aeneas

Hope this helps, and isn't too late...
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