write a summary of the myth of Echo and Narcissus.
Echo and Narcissus is a classical Greek mythology about a mountain nymph named Echo and a young man named Narcissus. Echo was a beautiful mountain nymph who was fond of talking. Zeus, the god of the sky, lightning and thunder, tasked her with distracting his wife, Hera, with stories while he amused himself with nymphs. Hera had suspicions of her husband’s philandering and even mistook Echo to be his object of affection. She discovered the truth one day while looking for her husband and avenged for the deception by casting a spell on Echo – Echo could not speak first and would only reply with the last words addressed ti her. While walking through the forest, Echo set her eyes on Narcissus, a beautiful hunter from Boetia and fell in love with him. She followed him through the woods yearning to talk to him. One day, Narcissus became separated from his companions in the forest and began to call out for them. Echo repeated his words leading to a confusing exchange. Echo misinterpreted this for an affectionate invitation and threw her arms around him. He immediately rejected her stating he’d rather die first than letting her have him. Ashamed and in grief, she ran away and lived in caves henceforth without sleeping or eating. She succumbed to starvation and her body withered into dust and her bones changed into rocks. However, her voice remained and still repeats the last spoken words as well as replying to anyone who calls her. The avenging goddess, Nemesis, punished Narcissus for his cruel rejection of Echo by making him fall in love with his own reflection which he had seen in a pool. He was smitten refused to leave his water reflection. He thus died from starvation by the bank of the pool. Before he died, he shed tears and bid farewell to his reflection, to which Echo replied with “Farewell.”