In the Ramayana, Rama is presented as the ideal king and hero of Indian literature. Like Aeneas, he is descended from a god; like Aeneas, he suffers adversity and travels through the wilderness. Rama always does what he is supposed to do, promptly, cheerfully and with kindness for others. Compare/ contrast Rama’s calm acceptance of adversity with Aeneas’ moans and groans about the “tears of things.” Which hero seems more “real” to you? Why? Develop your ideas using specific supporting examples from both texts.