The Alchemist (Coelho)

1.why does coelho open with the modified myth of narcissus?

Q1.why does Coelho open with the modified myth of narcissus? How does the new version differ from the orifinal one? How does it change the myth's meaning? What might the author ve suffesting about how we perceive ourselves and the world? 

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the story of the Narcissus highlights the question of selfishness, a question which is at the center of The Alchemist. Is it possible to pursue one's own personal desires while living a good life? In the case of Santiago, the answer is a resounding yes - making the image of Narcissus (who become a flower through his selfishness) especially apt.