Analysis Of Narcissism In The Picture Of Dorian Gray

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Everyone is merely a product of their surroundings and become what they have been raised to be. While some remain untempted by the vices of their peers, others completely absorb the negative influences in everyday life. Modern society values beauty over substance and The Picture of Dorian Gray serves to reveal that flaw. Oscar Wilde criticizes the superficial nature of people by satirizing the corruption of their views on morality. He says “The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame” (Wilde 238). Dorian Gray, the main character, is representative of the direction that humanity as a whole is heading toward. He struggles with his religious identity while also trying to please society’s expectations…show more content…
He decided to study the psychology behind individuals that posses the traits of a modern Narcissus. In many cases, narcissism, or excessive self-love and feelings of superiority, is the effect of another issue. Most people develop it during fundamental stages in their childhood which can remain with them for life. The presence of certain influences or the lack of, in children’s lives can cause them to develop the personality disorder. It can either result from cultural and societal expectations or from experiencing a childhood…show more content…
Kelly means that if someone feels hated by their peers that may cause them to try to counteract it with over-compensation. They lessen the emotional toll of bullying by treating themselves the complete opposite of their aggressors. Since their flaws are glorified by others, they learn to only focus on the positives and become obsessed with making themselves feel great. Kelly’s studies show that most narcissists have low self-esteem, which is contradictory to their dispositions. Even though this theory would not originally apply to Dorian’s personality, it could explain his mindset later in the novel. At first everyone loves him, but toward the end, he became a social outcast. Despite Dorian’s former friends shunning and gossiping about him, he only grows worse in his unjustified self-confidence. He becomes so involved with his image that he is blind to everything
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