Description Narcissus was the son of the Nymph Leiriope and the River god Cephisus. At a young age concerned about the baby's welfare, Leirope went to consult the oracle called Teiresias regarding her son's furure. Teiresias told the nymph that Narcissus "would live to ripe old age, as long as he never knew himself." As time went on and Narcissus grew older he became more and more handsome, breaking many hearts of both genders along his way.
Narcissus was as said the son of the blue Nymph Leiriope of Thespia. The River god Cephisus had once encircled Lierope with the windings of his streams. In doing this traping and seducing her. Narcissus was their partial god son.
Before reading about the tail of Narcissus her is the backround of one of the major characters in it named Echo. Echo was a nymph that was supposed to distract Zeus' wife Hera by telling her long stories as her husband would take advantage of the moment to ravish the other mountain nymphs. When Hera discovered the trickery she punished the talkative Echo by taking away her voice, except to repeate anothers's shouted words. All she could do was repeat the voice of another.
No matter what version of the tale Narcissus' story begins when one day he was hunting stags, Echo stealthily followed the handsome youth through the woods, longing to address him but unable to speak first. When Narcissus finally heard footsteps and shouted "Who's there?", Echo answered "Who's there?" And so it went, until finally Echo showed herself and rushed to embrace the lovely youth. he pulled away from the nymph and vainly told her to get lost. Narcissus left Echo heartbroken and she spent the rest of her life in lonely glens, pining away for the love she never knew, until only her voice remained.
A man called Ameinius was one of Narcissus' most ardent admirers, and repeatedly vied for his attention. The conceited youth responed by sending his suitor a sword, telling him to prove his adoration. Ameinious proceeded to plunge the sword into his heart, committing suicide to demonstrate his love, but not before he beseeched the gods to punish the vain Narcissus. The goddess of the hut, Artemis heard the plea and made Narcissus fall in love, but a kind of love that couldn't be fulfilled, being in love withh himself. Narcissus came upon a clear spring at Donacon in Thespia and, as he bent low to take a drink,, for the first time caught sight of his own reflection. For hours he sat amazed by the spring, at last recognizing himself but tortured by the realization that he could never possess the object of wich he was so in love with. Narcissus was tormented, much like he had all those who in the past had been unlucky enough to fall in love with him. Finally unabld to stand the agony he plunged a dagger inhis heart and died, calling out a last goodbye to his reflected image. Where his blood fell on the earth a white narcissus flower with its red corollary grew.
Another known verson of this tale is by Thomas Bullfinch which is almost the same except instead of stabbing himself Narcissus stopped eating and sleeping becaused he was so entranced with himself. As well as being heart broken kowing he could never possess what he desired. All of this lead to his death. Soon after this Echo was frantic even though she was rejected.
Narcissus was born with the gift of a beatiful appaerance. However these looks left his arrogant and full of himself. Showing his beauty was only skin deep. They also left his powerless when he discovered them himself.
- The story may have derived from the ancient Greek superstition that it was unlucky or even fatal to see your own reflection.
- The term narcissus is an excessive degree of self-esteem.
- The Narcissus flower was named after this tale because it droops looking over lakes like Narcissus himself.
- The word narcissus means self love.