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