Greek Myth (Echo and narcssus
The Title of this myth is Echo and Narcissus. The main theme of this myth is "Treat others the way you want to be treated." "Narcissus seemed enchanted by what he saw...looking at the only face in the world, which he loved-and could not win-and pinning just the way Echo had pinned. (Narrator/Roger Green page 4)
In the Greek myth of Echo and Narcissus, Zeus goes down to Earth a lot and Hera, his wife, got angry with him and followed him. Each time she did, this girl, Echo, would distract her so Zeus could go back up to Mount Olympus and act like he was there the entire time. One day, when Hera followed Zeus, sho got furious when she realized what Echo was doing, she cursed her with only being able to repeat what others say to her. And she can only say the last few words. Echo was walking one day and saw Narcissus. She instantly fell in. love with his, but when she claimed her love to him, he rejected her and she died of a broken heart. Aphrodite, the goddess of love, saw this and when he stopped at the lake to get a drink, she cursed him and he fell in love with his reflection. He could not win this "person" so he too died of a broken flower just as Echo had. He faded away until he was just a flower on the bank.
One symbol used in this tale is the Narcissus flower. He dies and became the Narcissus flower. Another symbol is the lake he stopped at. The meaning of water is death, birth, resurrection, redemption, and growth. Narcissus later died and then was reborn as a flower.
But Narcissus only laughed at them, for he only loved himself...(Narcissus page 2)
This is a way to lead the reader to the theme because he only loved himself and that made the goddess of love, Aphrodite, to sure him with the curse of loving someone who could never possibly love him back...His reflection.
"He shall not go unpunished for this cruelty," said Aphrodite. "By scorning poor Echo like this, he scorns love itself. And scorning love, he insults me. He is all-together eaten up with self-love. Well, he shall Love himself and no one else... and yet shall die of unrequited love!" ( Aphrodite page 4)
This is a quote that would lead the reader to believe that the theme is because this is when Aphrodite believes that Narcissus should be punished for "insulting" her so she makes him fall in love with his reflection.
This ending quote leads the reader to conclude that the theme is "Treat others the way you wish to be treated"
"She came running out from behind the rocks and tried to clasp her arms about him. But Narcissus flung the beautiful nymph away from him in scorn. "Away with these embraces!" he cried angrily. His voice full of cruel contempt. "I would die before I have you touch me!"...So Narcissus died, and the earth covered his bones. But with the spring, a plant pushes its green leaves through the earth where he lay. As the sun shone on it, a bud opened and for the first time, a white circle of petals around a yellow center. The flowers grew and spread, waving in the gentle breeze which whispered among them like Echo herself come to kiss the blossoms of the first Narcissus flowers." (Roger Green/Narcissus page 4 and 5)
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