Date of Award

5-1993

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Departmental Honors

Department

English

First Advisor

Ann Leffler

Abstract

Many poets, social scientists, and philosophers have tried to understand, explain, and define jealousy. The methods employed in their pursuits are as varied as the different conclusions they have given. Three of the difficulties involved in the pursuit of jealousy are: the complex nature of jealousy, the significant role jealousy plays in interpersonal relationships, and the labyrinth encountered when trying to distinguish between jealousy and envy. The most common questions asked about jealousy are: What is jealousy? and, How can jealousy be helped? This paper will focus on the question: What is jealousy? Specifically, the following questions will be answered. 1) What sets apart the different species of the genus, jealousy? 2) How can jealousy be approached? 3) How significant is the concept 'sense of self' to understanding jealousy?

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