The Changing Depiction of Jealousy in the Victorian and Modern Novel
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. Department of English Honors Theses; 2009
This study attempts to find evidence for a historical change in the experience of jealousy through a study of canonical novels. Within this paper I argue that modern lovers took greater responsibility for their jealousy than did their Victorian contemporaries. Specifically, modern lovers took more responsibility for causing their jealousies, for their jealous actions, and for resolving their jealousies. By examining how these three elements of jealousy were experienced by characters and imagined by authors I believe that one can see the shift towards greater personal responsibility that took place as the Victorian era developed into the modern.