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LastName 1 Name Teacher Date Class Jealousy in The Winter’s Tale Jealousy between lovers is a timeless theme within Shakespeare’s plays. The Winter’s Tale joins the likes of other well know tragedies, fueled by the misogynist nature of men in the 1600’s. Since the play implies that the marriage between Hermione and Leontes’ is the result of true love, it makes the jealousy in it much more powerful. The impact the jealousy would come to have in the play can be seen through Shakespeare’s cunning play on words. Comparing jealousy to a disease shows the destruction that it would prove to have on his family, particularly his wife and newborn child. Textual evidence provides the appropriate analysis in explaining the disease known as jealousy. Leontes’ jealousy for Hermione comes primarily because their romantic relationship was one of love. In the beginning of the play, Leontes tells Hermione that only once did her words mean so much to him, which is when she told him “I am yours for ever” (I.ii.106). Therefore, it can be argued that Leontes’ jealousy “does not need explaining: it is a perpetual hazard in the transferential relationship which is affective marriage” (Belsey 194). In other words, jealousy is directly rooted in the act of marriage, it is a natural consequences of love. The jealousy that drives the play is actually a creation of Leontes own desires, as he asks Hermione to persuade Polixenes to stay with them. While he thinks he is asking her to do an innocent thing, what he is

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