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The myth of Narcissus is a good illustration of the damage that total self love can do to a person There is a misconception about narcissistic people This confusion is the belief that narcissistic people are in love with themselves but according to the DSM lll criteria published in 1989 the narcissus is not in love with himself but in fact in love with his reflection This does not mean that a narcissus has no love for others but it is miss-directed love They get their love identity from the love of the image they portray to others In the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde Dorian Gray is the protagonist who is narcissistic Dorian Gary is in many ways a modern retelling of the ancient myth about Narcissus In five ways they are very similar beauty love vengeance death and narcissismThese stories both have the concept of beauty Dorian Gary and Narcissus are beautiful young and handsome In The Picture of Dorian Gray the artist Basil Hallward believes that Dorians beauty is the inspiration for all of his art Unconsciously he defines for me the lines of a fresh school Hallward declared a school that is to have in it all passion of the romantic spirit all the perfection of the spirit that is Greek Narcissus was Greek so he also in a way influenced Basil Without a doubt Dorian and Narcissus were both distinguished for their beauty Dorian and Narcissus have a very similar love plot both had one true love Dorians being Sibyl Vane and Narcissuss being Echo Sibyl was an actress that was in love with Dorian but she was so caught up in her love that she lost her ability to act Dorian feeling outraged spurns her cruelly leaving her humiliated heartbroken and left to kill herself that night Echo was the nymph that was in love with Narcissus and was condemned by the goddess Hera
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