Mythology and Architecture

Kayla Evenson
Patricia FitzGibbon
HUM115C18
October 1st, 2011

Mythology and Art/Architecture

The Aeneid, a tale of both truth and beauty, parallels the art of John Gast. His work Manifest Destiny lays in the shadows of the Trojans conquering of cities to their quest for the Promised Land Italy . Aeneas, who is guided by the gods to travel through treacherous waters, giving up the family he cares so deeply for to uphold the duties bestowed on him for his society, and the courage to continue onward through change and defeat. John Gast’s piece serves as a visual representation of America’s belief to expand the borders across the continent no matter what may possibly lay ahead for they ...

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woman leading the way to expansion is echoed in the Aeneid itself. As the gods help guide Aeneas through his journey so does the figure for the Americans.

This ideal of a guide interests me in the sense of this higher power influencing but not completely affecting the decisions of ones self. This ideal that we must conquer and take what is to believed rightfully ours. The gods gave Aeneas a path to take the cities he did, but was it truly gods or was it our need to fulfill our natural instinct of natural selection. The books, I believe, was a guide for those who were stronger to prevail and have reasoning for it. I am not of a religious background so these myth’s to me are just stories of the wants of courage, glory, and loyalty to family. However this appeal of such attributes that every culture seems to glorify is that basic ideal of “manifest destiny”. It can be showcased in many myths and cultures. An ideal that does give ones drive to do what he or she feels reason is ...

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