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Mistaken jealousy

 

Disciplines > Storytelling > Plots > Polti's Situations > Mistaken jealousy

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Description

Elements

  • The Jealous

  • The Object of whose possessions he is jealous

  • The Supposed Accomplice

  • The Cause or the Author of the mistake

Summary

The Jealous person, through some Cause or Author, appears to becomes jealous of some Object. There may also be a Supposed Accomplice.

Variants

A

  1. The mistake originates in the suspicious mind of the jealous one
  2. Mistaken jealousy aroused by a fatal chance
  3. Mistaken jealousy of a love which is purely platonic
  4. Baseless jealousy aroused by malicious rumors

B

  1. Jealousy suggested by a traitor who is moved by hatred
  2. Jealousy suggested by a traitor who is moved by self-interest
  3. Jealousy suggested by a traitor who is moved by jealousy and self-interest

C

  1. Reciprocal jealousy suggested to husband and wife by a rival
  2. Jealousy suggested to the husband by a dismissed suitor
  3. Jealousy suggested to the husband by a woman who is in love with him
  4. Jealousy suggested to the wife by a scorned rival
  5. Jealousy suggested to a happy lover by the deceived husband

Discussion

Mistakes of judgement are one of the patterns that occur in stories that echo our daily lives. When we make assumptions and miss important facts, we can easily make decisions that turn out to be tragically wrong.

We can easily become jealous, which makes this a trigger that others can set off in us when they seek to manipulate us for other ends.

Seeing these mistakes played out in stories both horrifies us as we see injustice done and perhaps makes us feel guilt for the wrongs we have done. It also reminds us to take care before jumping to decisions.

Note that defensive jealousy and desiring envy are often confused, with the 'jealousy' being used to mean the 'envy'. This has fallen into common parlance but needs careful differentiation.

'Mistaken jealousy' is the 32nd of Georges Polti's 36 Dramatic Situations.

See also

Vengeance of a crime

Jealousy, Envy

 

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