Friday, 17 January 2014

Egotism

Egotism is the drive to sustain and improve positive views of oneself, and usually features an inflated attitude of one's personal traits and significance — intellectual, physical, social and other.

The egotist has an irresistible sense of the centrality of the 'Me': of their personal qualities. Egotism means placing oneself at the core of one's world with no anxiety for others, together with those loved or considered as "close," in any other conditions except for those set by the egotist.

Egotism is strongly related to "loving one's self" or narcissism - certainly some would say: by egotism we may imagine a kind of socialized narcissism. Egotists have a strong tendency to speak about themselves in a self-promoting fashion, and they may well be superior and boastful with a extravagant sense of their own significance.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Egotism

Egotism is the drive to maintain and enhance favorable views of one, and generally features an inflated opinion of one's personal features and importance intellectual, physical, social and other. The egotist has an overwhelming sense of the centrality of the 'Me': of their personal qualities. Egotism means placing oneself at the core of one's world with no concern for others, including those loved or considered as "close," in any other terms except those set by the egotist.

Monday, 4 June 2012

Zenobia pulverulenta

Zenobia pulverulenta (Honeycup) is the sole species in the genus Zenobia, in the flowering plant family Ericaceae. It is native to the southeastern United States, in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

The Egoist

The novel recounts the story of self-absorbed Sir Willoughby Patterne and his attempts at marriage; jilted by his first bride-to-be, he vacillates between the sentimental Laetitia Dale and the strong-willed Clara Middleton. More importantly, the novel follows Clara's attempts to escape from her engagement to Sir Willoughby, who desires women to serve as a mirror for him and consequently cannot understand why she would not want to marry him. Thus, The Egoist dramatizes the difficulty contingent upon being a woman in Victorian society, when women's bodies and minds are trafficked between fathers and husbands to cement male bonds.

In an afterword by Angus Wilson, The Egoist was called "the turning point in George Meredith's career". Wilson saw Meredith as "the first great art novelist"; his afterword interprets the book as an adaptation of a stage comedy, an achievement he arrogates to few English authors, who, he suggests, present only "farce or satire" (Wilson 501-3). He compliments Meredith most when he is detached from his characters, as "it is then that our laughter is most thoughtful" (Wilson 503). Wilson is most taken by "the absolute truth of much of the dialogue", such as how "the way Sir Willoughby continues to speak through the answers of other characters, returning to notice their replies only when his own vein of thought is exhausted" is a "wonderful observation of human speech" (Wilson 508).

In his essay "Books Which Have Influenced Me," Robert Louis Stevenson reports the following story: "A young friend of Mr. Meredith's (as I have the story) came to him in agony. 'This is too bad of you,' he cried. 'Willoughby is me!' 'No, my dear fellow,' said the author; 'he is all of us.'" (Stevenson 115).
E. M. Forster discussed the book in his lecture series Aspects of the Novel, using it as an example of a "highly organized" plot (Forster p87). Much of his discussion, however, focuses on Meredith and his popularity as an author.

More materially, Forster compliments Meredith on not revealing Laetitia Dale's changed feelings for Willoughby until she rejects him in their midnight meeting; " would have spoiled his high comedy if we had been kept in touch throughout ... in fact it would be boorish. ... Meredith with his unerring good sense here lets the plot triumph" rather than explaining Dale's character more fully (Forster p92).
Forster further compares Meredith with Thomas Hardy, complimenting Hardy on his pastoral sensibilities and Meredith on his powerful plots, " what  novel could stand" (Forster p94).