I do not have a single criticism for this fantastic piece of writing.
In this book, the defining characteristic of nymphs is that they are weak: physically weak, magically weak, and divinely weak. The novel “Circe” does a fine job of portraying all women as sadists: people who take pleasure, including sexual pleasure, from inflicting pain on others. Circe neither argues with nor condemns anyone who slut-shames another woman anywhere in this book. 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. Author Not every soldier who goes to war is a rapist. The patriarchy teaches that “all men rape,” but the patriarchy is wrong. This would be no more far-fetched than her cinematic portrayal of Ada’s miraculous transformation from muteness into speech. What parts of herself does she see when she looks at Telegonus... Find books by time period, setting & theme, Read-alike suggestions by book and author. In the essay, “Sexism and Misogyny: Who Takes the Rap?
When I first started reading “Circe,” I thought that the book was promoting White Feminism: a feminism that supports women being seen as human beings *only* so long as they are able-bodied, white, neurotypical, cisgender, upper-middle-class, and heterosexual, which are all qualities that Circe possesses. By “the rest,” Aeëtes means “all nymphs” are sluts; “all goddesses” are whores. A god who promises immortal life to every human on earth has definitely cornered the market on goodness, kindness, and popular appeal. BIPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP(Right now I’m calling myself so nasty names! My father glowed bright as just-forged bronze, while Oceanos had been born with rheumy eyes and a white beard to his lap. Rape has a higher percentage of PTSD among its victims than combat does.
Circe never feels a shred of remorse for the human men that she kills. I am only going 3 stars on this because, for me, it just really didn’t hold my interest. Is this a stand-alone? When his killing is finished, his story ends. Subscribe to receive some of our best reviews, "beyond the book" articles, book club info, and giveaways by email. And according to the patriarchy, women naturally enjoy being raped: “She wants it. The only remark I would have is that the middle part, when Circe is with Odysseus, is a bit of a small dip, which is why this book just miss. As we all know, many people are terrified to die. I will turn them into rats” (page 181).
Article The cruelty of the patriarchy on display in this novel is very realistic and relatable to many modern women, including myself. As a modern female reader, I find the patriarchy on display in this novel deeply compelling, and extremely relatable. Circe tells the nymphs to stay far away from her house and these men, and she even sends away all of her protective lions and wolves, because Circe wants to be all alone when she invites twenty hardened strangers into her home. yet, as i'm sitting here, trying to write this review and find reasons as to why i left the book with an overwhelming ~eh~ feeling, i'm realizing that there's nothing obviously wrong with it. The best she can have is the love of a mortal man. The Millions "The Most Anticipated: The Great 2018 Book Preview"
Quite unusual and exceptional story. That sadism and depravity is best represented when Hermes tells Circe about how her sister Pasiphaë dealt with her husband Minos’s infidelity: “One evening, Hermes told me of a trick Pasiphaë had played upon Minos in the early days of their marriage. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power—the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves. She attended Brown University, where she earned her BA and MA in Classics.
April 10th 2018 She should be called Goat for her ugliness” (page 9). Circe’s enslaved sisters, Lampetia and Phaethousa, say judgmental things about Circe’s looks (page 10), as do Circe’s sister Pasiphaë and brother Perses, who are much more scathing: “Her eyes are yellow as piss. Instead, Miller assumes that her reader is ignorant of the historical reality of Ancient Greece, and her novel is written to perpetuate the reader’s ignorance. According to the patriarchal logic deployed in this novel, it is the ultimate sign of her self-actualization and agency that she ends the book by killing herself. I need to make it *very* clear that I completely disagree. Hermes delivers his words while “grinning like a goat” (page 181), taking pleasure in the helplessness of the nymphs, who can be raped by anyone who has power over them, including Circe with her witch powers, powers she was not “born with” as a nymph, but acquired on her own (pages 83-86). Carlyle named “Jesus” as one such Great Man, and a large number of modern Americans would agree with him.
Odysseus is a king, a man of great privilege and power, and it is the rape culture of Ancient Greece, combined with Odysseus’s status, that makes him a rapist. This is the mantra of rape culture: “She wants it. Circe longs for the love and respect of her father, but that love and respect is denied to her because she is female. In Miller’s novel, Odysseus enters Circe’s home politely, as a gentleman; he has come to retrieve his men, the men she has already transformed into pigs and put in her sty. 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. Dworkin’s words illustrate why Miller’s novel is so compelling.
Circe is born as a nymph, like her mother, and tells the reader that the word “nymph” in the gods’ language means “bride” (page 3). 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). She would be a burden to her family, a stain upon the face of the world.
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