The Pernicious Effects of Societal Perceptions and Stereotypes on a Woman as Portrayed in Circe by Madeline Miller


  • Sathyasree .G Holy Cross College (Autonomous),Tiruchirappalli.


Madeline Miller, Patriarchy, Plight of women, Feminism, Greek mythology


In Madeline Miller's "Circe," the plight of women is vividly portrayed through the  character Circe, an immortal sorceress. The narrative delves into her struggles against  patriarchal oppression and the confines of divine expectations. Circe's journey unfolds as a  poignant exploration of female resilience, autonomy, and the quest for identity in a world  dominated by gods and heroes. The novel challenges traditional myths, offering a compelling  reflection on the enduring struggles faced by women throughout history. Miller's masterful  storytelling underscores the universal theme of female empowerment, resonating with  contemporary discussions on gender dynamics and the enduring quest for equality. Therefore,  this paper aims to unravel the plight of women in the present society due to social stigmas  that control the lives of women.


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