The study is done to show how the fictional world is influenced by the character’s "Narcissism" and whether it keeps the inner narcissist in check or if it can turn an otherwise a good and positive character into a narcissist independent of the kind of civilization the character is a part of. For the study to proceed, a book comparison is made with the narcissistic characters in mind, "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde, published in 1890, and the second is "White Oleander" by Janet Fitch, published in 1999. These two novels are about a century apart; they portray not only the personality disorder in the characters but also a deep-rooted, malignant form of human demeanor which not only lacks empathy but takes pride in derogating the ones closest to them, the mentality of pretense, the billboard show is all these characters are cheering for, the question arises about their genre aspect as to why they were not given a psychological angle or was it after the discovery of the personality trait with the development of abnormal psychology that their dialogue patterns were conclusive. The subconscious deconstruction of these characters in this research digs deep within to exhibit the masks that they are wearing, and what they are when each of it falls off steadily. A brief study is carried out in this direction to contribute to the narration technique of "Narcissism of Characters", which also aligns with the parameters of "Psychological Fiction".
Anjuli Thawait, Jagran Lakecity University, India
Stream: Literature/Literary Studies
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