In the Books Section:
Discussed January 2021
By Madeline Miller
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- Did you finish the book? Did you like it? Has it got a good beat and can you dance to it?
- What do you think about Circe's relationship with her family? Why does she help Pasiphae? What about her warning to Medea?
- Circe is the child of a titan and the nymph Perse. What sets her apart from gods and titans?
- Prometheus tells Circe: "Not every god need be the same." What does he mean and how does it affect Circe's development?
- Circe's most meaningful romantic relationships are with mortal men, even though they age and die--Odysseus, Daedalus, Telemachus. Why?
- Men always seem to abandon Circe. Why does she keep letting them into her life?
- How does isolation on Aeaea help/hurt Circe?
- What did you think of the scene where Circe meets Trygon?
- 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?
- What did you think of the novel's contextualization of Circe's turning men into pigs? How does it compare with the mythical story?
- 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?
- Why does Circe finally ask for her freedom? How convincing is the bargain she makes with her father?
- How is the portrayal of Circe in this book different from the traditional literary and mythical portrayals of her character?
- "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?