Key words£ºEcho, Hera, love, Narcissus
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Genre£ºmyth Topic£ºEcho Words:150
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Looking at his reflection,
he vainly said to the face in the water,
"I love you."

Echo and Narcissus

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Author£ºUnknown Source£ºdrake.marin.k12.ca.us
Nation£ºGreece Date£º2008-8-31


(Echo and Narcissus, John William Waterhouse, 1903)

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Hera, the Queen of Mt. Olympus, cast a spell over her servant Echo for talking too much. As a punishment, Echo could only repeat what someone else said.

Poor Echo! She was in love with handsome Narcissus, and yearned to tell him so! One day Echo saw Narcissus admiring himself in a clear pond. Looking at his reflection, he vainly said to the face in the water, "I love you."

Echo repeated, "I love you," and meant it. But Narcissus thought it was his reflection that spoke and stood gazing at himself until he died and Hermes led him away to the Land of the Dead. Echo pined for him till she, too, faded away. All that was left of her was her voice that can still be heard in certain hollow places, senselessly repeating the words of others.

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Discussion£º

1. Why did Hera cast a spell over Echo?

2. How did Narcissus die?

3. Where can we hear Echo's voice?

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