The Representation of Grandiose and vulnerable narcissism in the film adaptation of Dorian Gray and Iravin Nizhal (Shadow of Night)
This research paper aims to promote some interdisciplinary debate in examining how the subtypes of grandiose and vulnerable narcissism coalesce in the portrayal of the protagonists chosen for the study. Employing a qualitative and descriptive methodology, this scholarly article attempts to critically analyse the protagonists of the film adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s only novella, The Picture of Dorian Gray. Dorian, as captured on the silver screen in “Dorian Gray” (2009), directed by Oliver Parker and Nandhu, the heartless financier and protagonist of Shadow of Night-Iravin Nizhal (2022), directed by R. Parthiban, is instantiated as the embodiment of the two spectrums of narcissism, namely grandiose in the former and vulnerable in the latter. The scholar attempts to disseminate some aesthetic and critical appreciation of narcissism, examining how it has ruined the main characters' lives, thus calling for immediate attention to mental health issues and awareness of the malignantly spreading diseases like cancer.
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