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Circe
By Madeline Miller

Discussed January 2021

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Questions

  1. Did you finish the book? Did you like it? Has it got a good beat and can you dance to it?
  2. What do you think about Circe's relationship with her family? Why does she help Pasiphae? What about her warning to Medea?
  3. Circe is the child of a titan and the nymph Perse. What sets her apart from gods and titans?
  4. Prometheus tells Circe: "Not every god need be the same." What does he mean and how does it affect Circe's development?
  5. Circe's most meaningful romantic relationships are with mortal men, even though they age and die--Odysseus, Daedalus, Telemachus. Why?
  6. Men always seem to abandon Circe. Why does she keep letting them into her life?
  7. How does isolation on Aeaea help/hurt Circe?
  8. What did you think of the scene where Circe meets Trygon?
  9. What about Circe's need for plants to perform her spells? How does this set her apart from the gods? Does it make her more like mortals?
  10. What did you think of the novel's contextualization of Circe's turning men into pigs? How does it compare with the mythical story?
  11. What do you make of the novel's portrayal of Odysseus after his return to Ithaca? How does it differ from the mythical depictions of Odysseus?
  12. Why does Circe finally ask for her freedom? How convincing is the bargain she makes with her father?
  13. How is the portrayal of Circe in this book different from the traditional literary and mythical portrayals of her character?
  14. "I have a mortal's voice." Is there more to this statement than its surface meaning? Does she finally become mortal, and if so, why?
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