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The Aeneid

The Aeneid

  

by Virgil

Analysis: Three Act Plot Analysis

For a three-act plot analysis, put on your screenwriter’s hat. Moviemakers know the formula well: at the end of Act One, the main character is drawn in completely to a conflict. During Act Two, she is farthest away from her goals. At the end of Act Three, the story is resolved.

Act I

Aeneas arrives in Libya and starts a love affair with Dido, thereby jeopardizing his future.

Act II

Aeneas leaves Dido and goes to the underworld where Anchises shows him a lot of cool stuff about the future.

Act III

Aeneas goes to Italy and kills a bunch of guys, including Turnus, thereby securing said future.

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