In what way does that theme resonate with Circe's story? And WHYYYYY did I wait too long to read this! It is made clear to the reader that Aeëtes, Circe’s second younger brother, “has never liked a woman in his life” (page 117). Helios keeps two of his daughters as slaves, a pair of beautiful nymphs named Lampetia and Phaethousa, who are forced to watch over and care for his sacred herd (page 10). She announces her alignment with the patriarchy very early in the novel, on page 17, just before Prometheus is about to be punished for sharing fire with human beings. Reader, please be awed by its might. Circe wants the men to come to her island, and she is explicitly sadistic about it: “I wanted the next crew to come, so I might see again their tearing flesh” (page 193). Circe gives this statement as the justification to annihilate herself. Circe will never have the love and respect that she truly wants. But in Miller’s novel, no one ever challenges the patriarchy, and the Greek myths that do are excluded from her book for that reason. Recommended to ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ by: Amazing book, utterly fascinating and compelling. How does it continue to affect her actions? If I write them down, I’m sure my goodreads page will be closed So after the bippp tone I’m coming back! Unfortunately, Telemachus is a candy-ass who regrets killing rape victims on behalf of his father, so this man is not a true hero like Odysseus. I felt like this is my Play-Doh, and I can do with it what I want.” (quoted from Miller’s interview with John Plotz and Gina Turrigiano at “Public Books,” found at this link: https://www.publicbooks.org/madeline-miller-on-circe-mythological-realism-and-literary-correctives/). When Actaeon reduces the Goddess Artemis to the status of a vile whore, he is punished accordingly: with violent death. Any woman who kills to protect herself will always have my support, and rape is often a life-or-death situation; many rape victims are too terrified to fight at all because they fear they will die. But, I will say, I am definitely in the minority on this, so you may want to take my opinion with a grain of salt and go ahead a give it a try. Odysseus appears in-scene for roughly two or three chapters of the twenty-seven total chapters, but his personality, his life, and his deeds are discussed at length for a full half of the book. The four of them live together in love and happiness on Circe’s island. Miller’s characters use the word “hero” the same way a modern American reader would. Much of Circe is an exploration into what it means to be female in a world of men and monsters. The word pornography does not mean ‘writing about sex’ or ‘depictions of the erotic’ or ‘depictions of sexual acts’ or ‘depictions of nude bodies’ or ‘sexual representations’ or any other such euphemism. While it is usually tenuous to compare an author's latest novel to previous work, it does feel as if Miller wrote Circe as a conscious inversion of her prize-winning debut The Song of Achilles in nearly every aspect. Circe dehumanizes the vast majority of the people she meets throughout the course of the book. Her future as a wife and mother of daughters is akin to death. Number 1 Indie Bestseller.