This week, we’ll finish reading Miller’s Circe. In conversation with the other members of your Family, consider one of the following prompts:
- How does Miller retell the story of Circe’s famous encounter with Odysseus? How does having read the Odyssey affect how you understand this encounter? How does reading this encounter change the way you understand the Odyssey?
- Last week, we talked about how Circe’s hopes for her life begin to coalesce around two goals: finding a sense of purpose in her solitary existence, and building lasting connections with other people (divine or mortal). Does she achieve either of these goals, in your view? How do they relate to the decision she makes at the very end of the novel?
- Circe’s early life involves repeated traumas: her rejection and bullying by her family and the other nymphs and gods; her rejection by Glaukos, and the violence against Skylla she comes to regret deeply; her horrifying encounter with the minotaur (technically, her nephew); the sexual violence inflicted on her by the pirates. How do these traumas shape her development in the second half of the novel? Is she able to transcend these experiences or achieve any kind of healing from them?
This week, each family will hold its own conversation below. Reply to my family comment headers below, or to someone else in your family!
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