Letters of Advice to Narcissus

7 Mar
Students at Henry G. Izaat Write Letters to Narcissus

Students at Henry G. Izaat Write Letters to Narcissus

To recap the pertinent aspect of the Echo and Narcissus myth to which these next student letters refer—the nymph Echo was one of the many who fell in love with Narcissus in his teen years. When Echo went to hug Narcissus, he rebuffed her, uttering the cruel pronouncement that he would rather die than let her touch him. He went on scorning and shaming others, until the god Nemesis answered a victim’s prayer and gave Narcissus a taste of his own medicine, causing Narcissus to fall in love with his own reflection. After days of not eating or drinking, and of wailing and crying, Narcissus died and was transformed into a flower.

Students at Henry G. Izaat came up with these letters of advice for Narcissus that run the gamut from stern compassion to silliness to cheeky suggestions that Narcissus should get a grip. I hope you enjoy these charming epistles as much as I did!

Narcissus Admires his Reflection As Echo Pines Away,
as Coloured by Student Artist

Letter One

Mr. Narcissus,
c/o 1 Watery Pool,
Ancient Greece

Dear Mr. Narcissus,

Stop bullying people! It’s not nice. People don’t like it. How would you feel if you got treated like that? Echo is hiding in a cave and doesn’t want to come out because of you. Good job. You ruined her life.
Yours Truly, C.

Letter Two

Mr. Narcissus,
c/o 1 Watery Pool,
Ancient Greece

Dear Mr. Narcissus,

Please don’t waste your life at the edge of the pond. Some advice is [to] start carrying a mirror around so you can leave the pond and go to the village to meet some new friends. And the second step is to get rid of the reflections. Get a picture of yourself and put it in your pocket. Once you feel sad or lonely, pull it out until you feel better. Have fun in town and I hope my advice was good.

Yours Truly, C.

Letter Three

Mr. Narcissus,
c/o 1 Watery Pool,
Ancient Greece

Dear Mr. Narcissus,

Why waste your time when you could be a butler until they find the Swiffer Sweeper and you end up in the basement with the broom and start singing that song that goes, “Who’s that lady? Who’s that sexy lady, who’s that lady.” Anyways, good luck at your modelling and think about others.

Yours Truly, M.

Letter Four

Mr. Narcissus,
c/o 1 Watery Pool,
Ancient Greece

Dear Mr. Narcissus,

You don’t [have] to be mean or a bully. How you treated people is so not nice. Do you even say that when you’re talking to your mom? Don’t do that anymore. Now that you saw your reflection, you may understand why people act like that around you. They love you. You should be nicer and more lovable. You made Echo feel terrible. She’s thinking [she’ll] just hide in her cave for a long time, maybe even forever. You’re lucky people love you, but if you act mean to them, that love goes away. On the other hand, if you’re nice and kind, you will gain a lot of friends, so don’t be mean. Be kind, nice, and positive. Write back.

Yours Truly, N.

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More Pleasing Student Colour Work of Narcissus by the Pool

Letter Five

Mr. Narcissus,
c/o 1 Watery Pool,
Ancient Greece

Dear Mr. Narcissus,

You need to get a grip on your life. You have been crying over your own reflection. You should learn from your crying over yourself and not being able to hug yourself. Imagine how Echo felt when you said you would rather die before she would touch you. She gave up her powers for you. You should apologize to her. Also, dry off. Eat some food and have some water.

Yours Truly, C.

Letter Six

Mr. Narcissus,
c/o 1 Watery Pool,
Ancient Greece

Dear Mr. Narcissus,

Stop being so beautiful. Get some plastic surgery to get ugly. Then put an L on your forehead and stop being so mean. Look in the mirror. You look ugly to me.

Yours Truly, Y.

Letter Seven

Mr. Narcissus,
c/o 1 Watery Pool,
Ancient Greece

Dear Mr. Narcissus,

Hi Narcissus. Some advice is to stop being so mean and selfish to others. Treat them the way you want to be treated. If you don’t want to talk to them, just politely ask them to stop. If you didn’t want Echo to hug you, you could have said something nicer than I would rather die than touch you. If you made some friends, then you wouldn’t feel so lonely and then you could love yourself again in self-love, not because you are beautiful. Then people would really love you and there wouldn’t be so much hate. You should take some class to help you be nicer and actually love yourself.

Yours Truly, S.

Letter Eight

Mr. Narcissus,
c/o 1 Watery Pool,
Ancient Greece

Dear Mr. Narcissus,

Stop. Loving. Yourself. You have much more to life than looking at yourself. And find a little lady that you love! You should be in a pageant! There, you can show off your “BEAUTIFUL” inner and outer self. You would win every time!

You could also take up a sport or a hobby. Get your mind off of that pretty face of yours and try and help some other people. You could give to charities or other organizations.

Yours Truly, K.

A Student Artist Colours the Transformed Narcissus

A Student Artist Colours the Transformed Narcissus

My next post ups the ante further as more students encourage Echo to believe in herself–a perfect entry for International Women’s Day!

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