Inside the Walls of Troy - Part 1, Helen’s Story: Chapters 4-6 Summary & Analysis

Clemence McLaren
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Helen is transformed by a bath and the styling and dressing of Theseus’s servants. She looks in the mirror and does not recognize herself. She feels like there is something greater in the mirror, some deeper meaning, that she is able to perceive in herself. When Theseus sees Helen he tells her that her beauty makes her a figure of myths and legends, marked by the gods for a great destiny, just as he has been. He tells her to stop biting her nails, act more gracefully, and have a more pliable manner so she will be able to fulfill her destiny to return home and marry a great king. Theseus continues to lecture her on being a good wife during her stay. He tells her she must always act as if she admires her husband. Helen learns everything in...

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