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Arrogance; Siddhartha And Holden’s Views On Others

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Arrogance, also known as narcissism, is like a brand new car because an arrogant person is flamboyant and distinctive. Arrogance is a very widely known character trait in which many people can identify. Studies show that “1 in every 6 people is a narcissist” (Peterson, 2014, bullet 5). Many humans have encountered, know, or are a narcissistic human, but what does arrogance really mean? According to merriam-webster.com (2014), the definition of arrogance is, “an insulting way of thinking or behaving that comes from believing you are better, smarter,or more important than other people” (Def. 1). In the novels The Catcher in the Rye and Siddhartha, the main characters both possess the trait of arrogance, but both express the trait in different forms. The root causes for both characters arrogance are very unrelated, but both roots lead to the same ending. Two completely different characters from two separate books may seem hard to tie together, but through these two characters the definition of arrogance becomes gradually clearer and clearer.
In addition to the definition, one must be able to distinguish what a narcissist looks like. Arrogant people perform certain actions and words that the general population does not. The key to explaining why these characters behave this way is by taking a deeper look into the words and actions. According to Kaufman (2011), “toxic levels of vanity, entitlement, and exploitiveness are on display” (para. 6). Often times a narcissist craves attention and acts out. Egomaniacs use others to fulfill egos by manipulation. A narcissist will boast about themselves, but can be offended if not told that they are beautiful. As reported from a short study, “They’re considered more stylishly clad, cheerful, and physically appealing at first sight” (para. 10). A narcissist tends to keep well groom to draw attention. People generally gravitate to physically attractive and charming people, so narcissists play on looks to receive praise. Pulling in people for compliments only drives so far for a narcissist because without striking up even the smallest conversation, a narcissist would be unable to gain flattery. One would think a narcissist would be a smooth talker, but as Kaufman (2011) found from talking to Nicholas Holtzman and Michael Strube, narcissists “engaged in more disagreeable verbal behaviors, arguing and cursing more- and using more sexual language” (para. 11). Narcissist have less of a filter on words because cursing and arguments draw attention. Also, the narcissist may feel powerful by using this language to hurt others. Control is a key factor in every narcissist’s life, for without control over the other person, the narcissist would be unable to exploit the relationship to receive desires. In a nutshell, narcissists are manipulative, attractive, and verbally filterless in order to increase attention from others.
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