Circe Characters

Madeline Miller
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Circe

The eponymous character of Miller's novel, Circe is the daughter of Perse, a river nymph, and Helios, the Titan who represents the sun. Despite the immortal quality of her parents, Circe is, from birth, a runt — one who appears much more human than divine. During her childhood she is made fun of consistently for her presumably mortal status, and is viewed as an outcast not only by her siblings, but by the relatives who preside in her father's court. When she discovers herself able to utilize witchcraft, however, Circe becomes filled with power and agency — a power and agency that is so frightening to Zeus that she is banished to an island called Aiaia. It is on Aiaia where Circe faces her greatest challenges, meets her greatest loves, and learns that there is magic in everything, and everyone. At the close of the novel, it is implied that...

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