Pathological Narcissism In Frankenstein

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In the novel “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley, the main character Victor Frankenstein is portrayed as a pathological narcissist throughout the entire story, he has this personality trait because of a traumatizing event that occurred in his youth changing his ideology to pursue a way to be better than death itself and play as a god.
What a pathological narcissist is, is a “Personality Disorder is a disorder that is characterized by a long-standing pattern of grandiosity (either in fantasy or actual behavior), an overwhelming need for admiration, and usually a complete lack of empathy toward others. People with this disorder often believe they are of primary importance in everybody’s life or to anyone they meet” according to an article written by Dr. Steve Bressert. These are the base traits of a pathological narcissist, but in order to see how this affects Frankenstein in his life, a closer look needs to be taken to see how his actions reflected on his personality. First, we can see that he was traumatized by his mother passing and this death was the seed that would
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“My ardour was indeed the astonishment of the students, and my proficiency that of the masters. Pg 49” this quote is a very clear example of how Frankenstein is seeing himself as much more important than the other students and even as good as a master already at the college. It is not stated how long he has been attending the college, but it is an assumption that it has not been a long amount of time at all and he is saying how amazing he has gotten already that he is the equivalent of a master who has been teaching for years and years. “Narcissistic Personality Disorder is a disorder that is characterized by a long-standing pattern of grandiosity” the quote by Frankenstein fits this characterization well because he is exaggerating his own abilities and
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