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Narcissism can be seen throughout the book Anne of Green Gables Narcissism has been defined by the Oxford Paperback Dictionary as abnormal self-love or self admiration Narcissism is also synonymous with vanity conceit egotism self-importance and arrogance The narcissistic tendencies in Anne seem to change throughout the book and are often displayed through her imaginationWhen Anne arrives at Green Gables she is an orphan and has never learned to love anyone but herself this changes primarily through her relationships with Matthew Marilla and Diana Annes egotism can be illustrated in the initial chapters when Anne is meeting Matthew and Marilla she asks them if they will call her Cordelia because Its such a perfectly elegant name Montgomery p24 Anne cant seem to find any romance in her name and romance is very important to her She settles on Anne but it must be Anne spelled with an e because It looks so much nicer p25 The Cordelia reference also illustrates narcissism through the reference to Cordelia in Shakespeares King Lear In King Lear Cordelia will not give in to her fathers King Lear narcissistic demands for love and Anne identifies very closely with this heroine Anne substitutes her victimizing orphan situation for her imagination and identification with heroines such as CordeliaAnnes first meeting with Mrs Rachel Lynde lays the foundation for a proper demonstration of vanity Anne is offended by Mrs Lyndes comments about her appearance and this causes her to have a terrible outburst of anger Anne must subsequently apologize to Mrs Lynde She puts forth a tremendous display of humility and is very pleased over the thoroughness of her own apology Marilla sees Anne reveling in the thoroughness of her abasement p74 Anne comments to Marilla I apologized pretty well didnt I p75 Anne continues to explain to Marilla that she boils over when people make fun of her looks Marilla responds by telling Anne that she is a vain little girl
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