The Alchemist


Paulo Coelho

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Narcissus appears in the brief prologue to the novel, in the context of a story read by the alchemist. As in his original Ancient Greek legend, Narcissus is so in love with his own beautiful reflection that he gazes at it in a lake until he falls into the water and drowns.

Narcissus Quotes in The Alchemist

The The Alchemist quotes below are all either spoken by Narcissus or refer to Narcissus. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
The Pursuit of Your Personal Legend Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Harper One edition of The Alchemist published in 2014.
Prologue Quotes

“I weep for Narcissus, but I never noticed that Narcissus was beautiful. I weep because, each time he knelt beside my banks, I could see, in the depths of his eyes, my own beauty reflected.” “What a lovely story,” the alchemist thought.

Related Characters: The Alchemist (speaker), The Lake (speaker), Narcissus
Page Number: 2
Explanation and Analysis:
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Narcissus Character Timeline in The Alchemist

The timeline below shows where the character Narcissus appears in The Alchemist. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Alchemy and the Value of Simplicity Theme Icon
...a book while traveling with a caravan. The story begins with the familiar legend of Narcissus, in which a young man is so in love with his own beauty that he... (full context)
The Interconnectedness of All Things Theme Icon
Alchemy and the Value of Simplicity Theme Icon
The goddess of the forest assumes that the lake weeps for Narcissus’s death because the lake could best contemplate his beauty, as he knelt by the water’s... (full context)