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.