Narcissus was turned into "a flower" after his death (Chappell 12). The image above depicts what he would have looked like.
Narcissus is an extremely attractive 16-year-old boy who is not interested in any form of romance, but a wood elf named Echo falls horribly in love with him. Sadly, she was cursed so that she could only repeat what others said, so she had no way to tell him how she felt.
Not to long after, Narcissus sees his reflection in a pond for the first time. He is so entranced with his own beauty that he stares at his reflection for the rest of his life. He doesn't want to disrupt his reflection, so he dies from dehydration. After his death he is turned into a Narcissus (daffodil) flower.
The moral this story is not to be self-absorbed, because that can have very negative consequences.
Understanding the poems tone, the myth, and allusions to modern media help enhance the meaning of each work because they all connect.
Finding an example of a modern Narcissus gives me a better picture of the way Narcissus might have acted.
Then understanding the myth behind the poem gave the poem a whole new meaning. Deciphering the tone also helped to convey the meaning of the myth as a whole.
Each of the different texts all relate and helped create a better picture behind the myth and what the lesson learned from the Narcissus and Echo is.
Narcissus asks himself "Shall the water not remember my hands slow gesture, tracing above its mirror my half-imaginary portrait?" (Chappell 1-4) He hopes to somehow be able to touch himself and so his love can be real. Each of the allusions have this similar meaning behind them. Being self-absorbed doesn't help anyone, including yourself.