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If you look up swagger in the dictionary it means arrogance and conceitedness, but really what I think coaches talk about is confidence and that is what they are looking for with swagger from different guys and Ryan's got it."
Similarly, de Man says that in prosopopoeia, behind the mask of Rousseau's conceitedness, "an element of distance, of disinterestedness is introduced from the start, and the confessional statement is admittedly fictionalized, changed by an imaginative act of writing, which prevents it from coinciding entirely with itself." (14) To understand Rousseau's confrontation between the artist and his work, dramatised in the questions of selfhood, de Man analyses two of Rousseau's brief dramatic works: an early piece, Narcisse (with its "Preface") and Pygmalion, that was written between the philosophical-literary and the confessional parts of his life-work in 1762.
Unexpectedly, the most notorious literary stars are some presumptuous, raving juveniles with personal characteristics of sensitivity and conceitedness. These young writers' sudden fame has shaken the usual orderliness of literature, and the standards of judgment for both the meaning and value of literature are now reeling under the impact of that celebrity status.
His desire to achieve the same self-regulation or autonomy that Manfred boasts is, in many respects, commendable--he refuses, for example, to join in with the Bingley sisters' spiteful insults--yet it is often accompanied by, or perceived as, conceitedness. Towards the end of the narrative, Darcy critiques his own conduct: