In search of narcissism in literature

Springing from a bottomless place, narcissism uses fear, conceit, and cruelty to satisfy its consuming, and ultimately futile, desire to be filled. Narcissism is a false way of being in the world, and the narcissist is the ultimate pretender, a fancy scarecrow, stuffed not with straw, but with duplicity, deception, self-delusion. As characters, narcissists possess an abundance of flaws and are, therefore, abundantly interesting.

In Search of Literary Figures Based on Real-Life People

“Writers are often told to write what they know, so it should come as no surprise that many of the most famous characters in literary history are based on real people. Whether drawing inspiration from their spouses, friends and family, or finally, after decades worth of work, inserting themselves into the text, authors pull nearly every word and sentence from some element of reality, and most often, that element is people. “