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Greek Mythology. and The Bible. Narcissus A young man born with extraordinary beauty He cruelly ejects everyone ( but he dates Echo) When he went to go drink some water, he saw his reflection in the lake and immediately falls in love with himself.

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Greek Mythology

andThe Bible

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Narcissus

  • A young man born with extraordinary beauty
  • He cruelly ejects everyone ( but he dates Echo)
  • When he went to go drink some water, he saw his reflection in the lake and immediately falls in love with himself.
  • His obsession with his own beauty killed him
  • Meaning: Obsessive focus on oneself.
  • Examples
  • I got the feeling Janet was a bit narcissistic when I noticed that she had at least three mirrors hanging in every room of her house.
  • Tom is a narcissist when he spends all day looking in the mirror.
  • Being narcissistic isn’t good for your health, so lets go outside.
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Achilles Heel

  • When he was a baby, his mother dipped him in the River Styx which gave him Immortality.
  • His mother held him by the heel, so that was the only mortal part of his body.
  • He was eventually killed in the Trojan War when a poison arrow struck his heel.
  • Meaning: Person’s area of particular vulnerability.
  • Example
  • Her inability to resist rich desserts was her Achilles Heel, keeping her from losing the 10 pounds she wanted to lose.
  • Everyone has an weakness or Achilles Heel.
  • My Achilles Heel is money.
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Shibboleth

  • Hebrew word for “corn”
  • Israelites used it as a password to prevent enemies from entering their land.
  • Sometimes they actually killed some Israelites.
  • Meaning: Slogan/ Catchword
  • Example
  • The Shibboleth of that political party seems to be “no new taxes for any reason.
  • Mr. James’ Shibboleth is “Welcome back” when we are loud.
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Cassandra

  • The daughter of Priam, the last king of Troy.
  • She is the most beautiful of Priam’s daughters.
  • She was loved by the god Apollo, who promised her powers of prophecy if she would do what he desires. She received the gift, but refuses to do his favors.
  • Meaning: Someone who predicts disaster or negative results.
  • Example
  • I finally stopped asking my friend Celia for advice when I had a decision to make. She is such a Cassandra; if I listened to her then I would face my doom.
  • Newscasters are Cassandra’s, they predict all sorts of disasters and report it on T.V.
  • My brother would be an example of a Cassandra, since he predicts all sorts of disastrous events.
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