The green eyed monster 27/01/2011

I wonder why Shakespeare called jealousy the green eyed monster when green is  generally  associated with all things nice. For instance it is said  ‘green green you are a Queen and yellow yellow you are a dirty fellow.’ It is a different matter that the  colour  yellow  is referred to  the  opposite gender For all I know  there must have been a man who  coined the ‘quote’ because women came much  later on to the literary scene!

Talking of women I  am yet to understand why it is said, ‘women, thy name is jealousy.’  Does  it mean  that  only women harbour this negative emotion and men don’t?  Perhaps the answer lies in  women  being more transparent in their feelings, negative or positive compared to men who are more capable of hiding them.When  that is the case why  be prejudiced against women. Infact they should be praised for their lack of hypocrisy !

Again between friends and relatives, it is said relatives are more jealous when it comes to comparing with the joneses, (read close relatives)  but I feel it is a myth because the other tribe too are equally so and make it quite vocal  whenever an opportunity arises.

Tail piece:  The  fact  is  jealousy  doesn’t believe in  gender, relationships or friendships and has ‘no colour’ whatsoever.

n.meera raghavendra rao



4 thoughts on “The green eyed monster 27/01/2011

  1. V Raghavan

    Shakespeare is full of jealousy: some quotes!

    How many fond fools serve mad jealousy?
    The Comedy of Errors

    To my sick soul, as sin’s true nature is,
    Each toy seems prologue to some great amiss:
    So full of artless jealousy is guilt,
    It spills itself in fearing to be spilt.

    O, how hast thou with ‘jealousy infected
    The sweetness of affiance!
    Henry V

    As doubtful thoughts, and rash-embraced despair,
    And shuddering fear, and green-eyed jealousy!
    The Merchant of Venice

    O, beware, my lord, of jealousy;
    It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock
    The meat it feeds on; that cuckold lives in bliss
    Who, certain of his fate, loves not his wronger.

    My foolish rival, that her father likes
    Only for his possessions are so huge,
    Is gone with her along, and I must after,
    For love, thou know’st, is full of jealousy.
    Two Gentlemen of Verona

    Why should I not, had I the heart to do it,
    Like to the Egyptian thief at point of death,
    Kill what I love?–a savage jealousy
    That sometimes savours nobly.
    Twelfth Night

  2. Jaya Pydah

    Your Tail piece says it correctly, Meera. I think jealousy is a very natural emotion which all of us experience in varying degrees. How we manage it and prevent negativity in our disposition, is more important.

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