Once there was a nymph named Echo, she lived with her other nymph friends in the lush, green fields.
Echo and Narcissus By- Miles Mcgregor
When the sisters planned any secret mischief or when Zeus sought their company, they would send Echo to Hera to tell her her wonderful stories. But one day, Hera found out.....
From now on, you will never be able to tell your stories or talk freely ever again, and you will have to repeat everything your peers say!
Echo left her home miserably, stumbling through the woods in despair. Then, she found Narcissus in the woods, and fell in love with him. But, when he spoke to her she could only echo back to him, and he became angry and frustrated with her.
"Who are you? What do you want?"
Who are you? What do you want?
Narcissus left Echo in tears and walked to the edge of the river to take a drink, and when he did he saw his reflection. He fell in love with the sight of his face, and reached down into the water to caress it. But he could not touch it, for every time he tried, the reflection danced away into small ripples.
I love you.
"I love you."
Narcissus was in despair, he could not reach his love and he had given up. He was heartbroken and alone, so he drowned himself in the river to end his misery, leaving Echo sobbing on the shore in grief. The reason for Narcisuss's downfall was because of his hubris, or excessive pride and arrogance.
The morale of this story is that if you spend your life worrying about vanity, and being self-absorbed you will never realize the good things about you and you will miss out on having strong relationships with other people. This lesson can help teenagers be less self-absorbed.