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Echo and Narcissus
Transcript of Echo and Narcissus
Echo: A mountain nymph who falls in love with Narcissus. One of his many suitors.
Liriope and Cephius: Narcissus' parents.
Hera: Queen of the gods. Also know as Juno in Roman mythology.
Zeus: King of the gods. Also know as Jupiter in Roman mythology.
Nemesis: Goddess of vengeance and revenge. Also know as Rhamnusia.
Tiresias: Blind soothsayer (or oracle).
Dryads and Naiads: tree and water dwelling nymphs who mourn Narcissus' death. How it all began... This myth is a creation myth. This myth also teaches a moral lesson. It explains the creation of the narcissus flower and the echo. It teaches you that the actions of someone who is arrogant and conceited are not well received by others. Symbols Narcissus flower: The narcissus flower symbolizes Narcissus' vanity and arrogance. The flower prefers to gaze at itself in still bodies of water, just as Narcissus did in the myth. The fountain: The fountain in the myth symbolizes Narcissus' connection to his father. His reflection in the fountain seduced him into loving himself just as Cephius seduced Lirope. Plot Development Exposition:
Echo falls in love with Narcissus.
Echo is rejected and wastes away.
Echo prays that Narcissus will feel her pain.
Narcissus falls in love with his own reflection.
Narcissus dies and a flower replaces his ashes. The Lessons Setting This myth is set in or near the ancient Greek city of Thespiae in the republic of Boeotia, north of Attica. Don't fall in love with yourself, direct your love towards someone else.
If you are vain you are bound to perish alone.
Don't cover up another's wrongdoings, you will end up regretting it. Modern References Narcissism is a psychological term used to describe egotistical people.
A number of modern songs reference the myth (such as "License to Kill" by Bob Dylan)
The novel "Echo and Narcissus" by Amy Lawrence. The novel questions whether or not women in classical Hollywood cinema ever truly speak for themselves. Bibliography Cummings, Michael J. "Narcissus and Echo." Ovid's
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