Study Guide

Glaucus and Scylla Love

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Oh, love! How marvelous you are. How you make the world bloom around us. Without you, our live would be awful. Ha! Pretty much every character in this story would tell you the opposite. To Glaucus, Scylla, and Circe it's love itself that makes life so bad.

Glaucus is totally happy being a sea god, until he sees the gorgeous Scylla and becomes tortured by his love for her. Circe gets her feelings majorly hurt when Glaucus rejects her, which isn't fun even for a sea witch. And poor Scylla gets transformed into a horrible monster, all because she gets caught up in a love triangle she never asked to be part of.

In the tale of "Glaucus and Scylla" we see that sometimes love isn't always a bunch of fragrant roses that makes your life better. Sometimes, it's a clump of stinky seaweed that ruins your life forever.

Questions About Love

  1. In what ways does this story show the destructive power of love?
  2. Is Glaucus really in love with Scylla, or is it just lust? Why do you think so?
  3. What do think makes Circe fall for Glaucus?
  4. In what ways can Scylla be seen as a victim of love?
  5. Does this tale have anything good to say about love? Explain your answer.

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