Character Analysis Of Narcissus

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Narcissus as a character shows excessive pride to no other but himself. In the story, Narcissus heard Echo lurking nearby. He stay in the same area to meet Echo who’s been stalking him. Everytime he would speak, his words will repeat back to him. Echo stepped out of the trees, ran to Narcissus, and tried to show her love for him. “The maid answered with all her heart in the same words, and hastened to the spot, ready to throw her arms around his neck. He started back, exclaiming, ‘Hands off! I would rather die than you should have me!’” (1). Narcissus declared he would not waste his time with a "lowly maid" and rejected her. This shows how Narcissus does not think or care about others, and concern some people like Echo not worthy for him. Because he had so much pride all he could think of is his self-importance, which led to the understanding of Greek’s value aidos (humble/modesty). His crucial and rudeness to others will be his downfall. Narcissus’s disdainful attitude has crushed others by their opinions and emotional feel, however because of such lack of modesty, he has crossed upon his downfall of extreme love towards himself. Not only does Narcissus think such pride of himself, but…show more content…
Narcissus had shown a lack of being modest, and causing him to died by his own reflection. This teaches people to beware the trap of vanity or self-adoration. Narcissus know how attractive he is, and because of that, he refuses to settle with others and how confident he is. The story of Echo and Narcissus truly show many great valuable lesson, however, there wasn’t a “Hero’s Journey”. There is no hero, no journey, no evil bad guy, and no awesome prize. The story of Echo and Narcissus simply doesn't fit the monomyth, but it does provide a great understanding of the moral lesson as human
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