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Deianira Character Analysis

Deianira is Hercules’s wife. She was also the love interest of both Achelous and Nessus. When Hercules defeats Nessus, Nessus gives Deianira a cursed shirt that he says will excite Hercules’s passion. Later, when Deianira wants to make Hercules fall in love with her again, she gives him the shirt and it burns him to death.
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Deianira Character Timeline in Metamorphoses

The timeline below shows where the character Deianira appears in Metamorphoses. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 9: Achelous and Hercules
Love and Destruction Theme Icon tell a story of his own defeat but begins: Achelous falls in love with Deianira, who has countless suitors. Achelous enters Deianira’s father’s palace and asks for Deianira’s hand in... (full context)
Book 9: Hercules and Nessus
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Unlike Achelous, Nessus the centaur is fatally wounded trying to compete with Hercules for Deianira. After defeating Achelous, Hercules travels home with his new wife Deianira. They come to a... (full context)
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When Hercules reaches the opposite bank, he hears Deianira scream. Hercules screams that Nessus is a monster for trying to rape another man’s wife.... (full context)
Book 9: The Death of Hercules
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...her husband’s bastard son infuriates Juno, so she sends the goddess Rumour to Hercules’s wife, Deianira. Rumour tells Deianira that Hercules has fallen in love with Iole, the princess of a... (full context)
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Finally, Deianira decides to give Hercules the blood-soaked shirt Nessus gave her in hopes of rekindling his... (full context)