Seminar paper from the year 2003 in the subject American Studies – Literature, grade: 1,7, University of Göttingen, language: English, abstract: In his novel “An American Tragedy”, Theodore Dreiser presents characters with various pychological disorders. This research paper will focus on the narcissism of selected characters in that novel. Firstly, the term narcissism and typical symptoms will be explained. Secondly, the most important characters in the novel will be analysed. Lastly, I will try to explain possible reasons for Dreiser’s viewpoints and describe his social background.