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Scylla Character Analysis

Scylla is the daughter of the king of Alcathoe. When Alcathoe is attacked by Minos, Scylla falls in love with him. She battles internally as to whether she should betray her father and her homeland and be with the man she desires. She at last decides to sacrifice her city to Minos and steals the city’s keys from around her father’s neck while he sleeps. When she offers Minos the keys, Minos takes them but rejects Scylla’s love. Ashamed and angry, she jumps in the water and grabs hold of his ship as he sails away. She then transforms into a bird.

Scylla Quotes in Metamorphoses

The Metamorphoses quotes below are all either spoken by Scylla or refer to Scylla . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Book 8: Scylla and Minos Quotes

God helps those
who help themselves, remember, and fortune favors the brave.
Another woman whose passion was blazing as strongly as mine
would now be already destroying whatever opposed her love—
and delight in destroying it. Why should another be braver than I?

Related Characters: Scylla (speaker), Minos
Page Number: 72
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Scylla Character Timeline in Metamorphoses

The timeline below shows where the character Scylla appears in Metamorphoses. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 8: Scylla and Minos
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...the coast. He arrives at Alcathoe where King Nisus reigns. Nisus has a daughter named Scylla who likes to climb to a tall tower in the city and throw pebbles on... (full context)
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When King Minos arrives, Scylla climbs the tower and watches the enemy troops assemble outside the city gates. When her... (full context)
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In her passion for King Minos, Scylla can’t decide if she loves or hates war for bringing Minos to her. She wants... (full context)
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When night comes, Scylla sneaks into her father’s bedroom and takes the gate key from around his neck. Then... (full context)
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Scylla screams after Minos, rebuking him for leaving her when he owes her his success in... (full context)
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In her anger, Scylla jumps into the water and grabs hold of the stern of Minos’s ship. Her father... (full context)