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Are both sentences below grammatically correct?

The great I.

The great me.

What is the grammatical breakdown in each case?

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This reminds me of a movie title: "Despicable me." –  kiamlaluno Sep 1 '11 at 0:43

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It's not a sentence unless it's an exclamation (The great me!). In that case, it would seem to be proclaiming I am great in its illocutionary force, but grammar-wise, it would be just stating something in isolation without a clear syntactic role, so me as the objective case would be most appropriate, similar to the reply to the question: 'Who wants cake?' Me!

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Who wants lots of cake? The great me! –  GEdgar Sep 1 '11 at 1:03
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@GEdgar I guess my subconscious is influencing my answer. It is lunch time here... :) –  user12549 Sep 1 '11 at 1:29

Neither of those sentences are correct without a verb (unless they're exclaimed).

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Neither phrase is idiomatic, but there is The great I am as a term for a self-important person (possibly from an Old Testament name of God).

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