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The Elegiac PassionJealousy in Roman Love Elegy$
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Ruth Rothaus Caston

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199925902

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199925902.001.0001

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The Triggers of Jealousy

The Triggers of Jealousy

Suspicions and Evidence

(p.77) 3 The Triggers of Jealousy
The Elegiac Passion

Ruth Rothaus Caston

Oxford University Press

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

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