Echo and Narcissus
 is an episode from Ovid's Metamorphoses,
a Latin Mythological epic
from Augustan period
The myth of the mountain nymp...
The story is told in Book III of
the Metamorphoses, and tells the story of a
"talkative nymph" who is admired by the
godd...
Ovid presents the tales with a freshness and
originality that made them uniquely his own.
His writing is vivid, elegant,...
 Written in heroic hexameter, the dignified
verse format of ancient epic poetry.
Heroic hexameter- consists of unrhymed l...
Characters:
Narcissus: Proud youth who rejects the
attentions of maidens.
Echo: Mountain nymph who falls in love with
Narc...
Cephisus: Father of Narcissus. He is a river
god.
Tiresias: Blind soothsayer.
Jupiter: King of the gods. His Greek name is...
Echo and Narcissus
Echo was a beautiful nymph, fond of the
woods and hills, where she devoted herself to
woodland sports. ...
This nymph saw Narcissus, a beautiful youth,
as he pursued the chase upon the mountains. She
loved him and followed his fo...
Narcissus’s cruelty in this case was not the
only instance. He shunned all the rest of the
nymphs, as he had done poor Ech...
He fell in love with himself. He could not
tear himself away; he lost all
Thought of food or rest, while he hovered over
t...
She kept near him, however, and when he
exclaimed, “Alas! Alas!” she answered him with
the same words. He pined away and d...
1. What is Echo’s biggest problem
at the beginning of the myth?
2. How does Hera punish her?
3. What is an Echo?
4. What h...
5. Describe Narcissus.
6. What happened to him?
7. Both Echo and Narcissus die
because of?
8. The subject of this myth is ...
1. Have you ever wanted something
you couldn’t have? What was it?
How did it make you feel to be
unable to obtain it?
2. I...
3.What does the story of Echo and
Narcissus suggest about the
relationship between pride and
obsessed desire in a real lif...
“You shall forfeit the use of that
tongue with which you have
cheated me, except for that one
purpose you are so fond of –...
GROUP 1 – Mythology and Folklore
Vivialyn Binalay – Background
Rica Aquino – Summary
Jennifer Macapulay– Discussion Q’s
Sh...
Narcisus and echo by Elvin Calimag
Narcisus and echo by Elvin Calimag
Narcisus and echo by Elvin Calimag
Narcisus and echo by Elvin Calimag
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Narcisus and echo by Elvin Calimag

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  • 1. Echo and Narcissus
  • 2.  is an episode from Ovid's Metamorphoses, a Latin Mythological epic from Augustan period The myth of the mountain nymph Echo into the story of Narcissus, the beautiful youth who rejected sexuality and falls in love with his own reflection, appears to have been Ovid's invention. Ovid's version influenced the presentation of the myth in later Western art and Literature.
  • 3. The story is told in Book III of the Metamorphoses, and tells the story of a "talkative nymph" who is admired by the goddess Aphrodite for her magnificent voice and song. When she tricks Zeus's jealous wife, Hera, Hera curses her by making her only able to repeat the last words said, and couldn't say anything on her own. "Yet a chatterbox, had no other use of speech than she has now, that she could repeat only the last words out of many." This is the explanation of the aural effect.
  • 4. Ovid presents the tales with a freshness and originality that made them uniquely his own. His writing is vivid, elegant, and succinct, with the stories—including "Narcissus and Echo"— generally moving swiftly from beginning to end without tedious digressions or inflated language. Metamorphoses became one of the best read books of the Renaissance, influencing Shakespeare and other prominent writers. The themes and motifs are as timely today as
  • 5.  Written in heroic hexameter, the dignified verse format of ancient epic poetry. Heroic hexameter- consists of unrhymed lines that each contain six feet. Each foot is either a dactyl or a spondee.  Ovid chose dactyls more often than spondees so that the narrative moves along briskly.
  • 6. Characters: Narcissus: Proud youth who rejects the attentions of maidens. Echo: Mountain nymph who falls in love with Narcissus. Rhamnusia: Goddess of vengeance, Nemesis. Liriope: Mother of Narcissus. She is a water nymph often referred to as a Nereid because she is one of the daughter of a sea god, Nereus. Setting The action is set in or near the ancient Greek city of Thespiae in the republic of Boeotia, north of Attica.
  • 7. Cephisus: Father of Narcissus. He is a river god. Tiresias: Blind soothsayer. Jupiter: King of the gods. His Greek name is Zeus. Juno: Queen of the gods. Her Greek name is Hera. Dryads: Tree-dwelling nymphs who mourn the death of Narcissus. Naiads: Nymphs dwelling in lakes, rivers, and springs. They mourn the death of Narcissus
  • 8. Echo and Narcissus Echo was a beautiful nymph, fond of the woods and hills, where she devoted herself to woodland sports. She was a favourite of Diana, and attended her in the chase. But Echo had one failing; she was fond of talking, and whether in chat or argument, would have the last word. One day Juno was seeking her husband, who, she had reason to fear, was amusing himself among the nymphs. Echo by her talk contrived to detain the goddess till the nymphs made their escape.
  • 9. This nymph saw Narcissus, a beautiful youth, as he pursued the chase upon the mountains. She loved him and followed his footsteps. She waited with impatience for him to speak first, and had her answer ready. But it was all in vain. Narcissus left her, and Echo went to hide her blushes in the recesses of the woods. From that time forth she lived in caves and among mountain cliffs. Her form faded with grief, till at last all her flesh shrank away. Her bones were changed into rocks and there was nothing left of her but her voice. With that she is still ready to reply by anyone who calls her, and keeps up her old habit of having the last word.
  • 10. Narcissus’s cruelty in this case was not the only instance. He shunned all the rest of the nymphs, as he had done poor Echo. One day a maiden who had in vain prayed that he might some time or other feel what it was to love and meet no return of affection. The avenging goddess heard and granted the prayer. There was clear fountain, with water like silver, to which the shepherds never drove their flocks, nor the mountain goats resorted but the grass grew fresh around it and He stooped down to drink, and saw his own image in the water; he thought it was some beautiful water-spirit living in the fountain.
  • 11. He fell in love with himself. He could not tear himself away; he lost all Thought of food or rest, while he hovered over the brink of the fountain gazing Upon his own image. His tears fell into the water and disturbed the image. As he saw it depart, He exclaimed, “ Stay, I entreat you! Let me at least gaze upon you, if I may not touch You.”
  • 12. She kept near him, however, and when he exclaimed, “Alas! Alas!” she answered him with the same words. He pined away and died; and when his shade passed the Stygian river, it leaned over the boat to catch a look of itself in the waters. The nymphs mourned for him, especially the water-nymphs; and when they smote their breasts Echo smote hers also. They prepared a funeral pile and would have burned the body, it was no where to be found; but in its place a flower, purple within, and surrounded with White leaves, which bears the name and preserves the memory of Narcissus.
  • 13. 1. What is Echo’s biggest problem at the beginning of the myth? 2. How does Hera punish her? 3. What is an Echo? 4. What happens to Echo after Narcissus rejects her?
  • 14. 5. Describe Narcissus. 6. What happened to him? 7. Both Echo and Narcissus die because of? 8. The subject of this myth is the origin of?
  • 15. 1. Have you ever wanted something you couldn’t have? What was it? How did it make you feel to be unable to obtain it? 2. If you were in the situation of Echo, would you still continue to love Narcissus in spite of being rejected? Do you feel her actions are justified?
  • 16. 3.What does the story of Echo and Narcissus suggest about the relationship between pride and obsessed desire in a real life situation? 4.What is the message of the story of echo and Narcissus and how could we relate it in our lives?
  • 17. “You shall forfeit the use of that tongue with which you have cheated me, except for that one purpose you are so fond of – reply”
  • 18. GROUP 1 – Mythology and Folklore Vivialyn Binalay – Background Rica Aquino – Summary Jennifer Macapulay– Discussion Q’s Sheryl Calandoy - Connection Q’s Rowell Jay Soliven - Passage Analysis Cherimay Guillermo -- Interpretation