The Triggers of Jealousy

Ruth Rothaus Caston

in The Elegiac Passion

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199925902
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980475 | DOI:

Series: Emotions of the Past

The Triggers of Jealousy

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Chapter 3 explores the role of the senses. Visual clues and hearing rumors are among the most common triggers of jealousy. The senses are crucial to the arousal of jealousy and provide an opportunity for the poet to focus on the initial stages of the emotion. Yet there is a marked difference here between male and female characters. While women are portrayed as hesitating to believe the truth of something suspicious they have seen or heard, male lovers are depicted as already convinced of the mistress’ betrayal.

Keywords: senses; visual clues; rumors; male and female characters; triggers

Chapter.  7504 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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