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This Day In History: 1920's Edition

  • 1925 - The Chrysler Corporation is founded by Walter Percy Chrysler.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Beauty of Jealousy

Jealousy is a emoiton that typically refers to the negative thoughts that are brought from pain, anger, anxiety, or many others from losing something or never having something that someone else does. Jealousy is a very self-centered emotion and not only hurts you, but the ones around you. "By the 1910s and the 1920s, many child-rearing experts had ceased thinking of envy as a sin. They still regarded it as a problem; hovever, believing that children who did not learn to conquer the emotion in youth might grow up to be insuited for the corporate world which increasingly demanded cooperation and teamwork" (http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G2-3402800247.html) This statement is very true. Having a jealousy problem is very unhealthy and is something that should be taken care of right away at a younger age so that it doesn't become so difficult and so much more serious as an adult. So much jealousy will only end in pain and suffering.

Jealousy can wreck bonds and relationships between people. Whether it be friends, family, or partners, jealousy creates distance and emptiness. The constant nagging, questioning, or pouting that can occur because of jealousy is something that people tend to distance themself from. Another form of jealousy is when "a jealous person will hide their emotions well and not let the outside world know what's going on, however they can allow it to tear apart the relationships of the people that love them the most-their friends and family"(http://ezinearticles.com/?Overcoming-Jealousy---What-is-Jealousy?&id=533148) In this case, people silence themselves and don't speak of this envy their dealing with. They bottle it up inside and keep it to themselves. This is also extremely unhealthy because of the mental and emotional damage it can cause to someone who is bottling anything up in general. If someone if suffering from any jealousy problems, they should try and fix the issue. There is absolutely nothing wrong with seeking help or guidence for such a situation.

Perhaps one of the most important situations where jealousy is exposed in The Great Gatsby, is when Tom and his mistress, Myrtle, get into an argument. Myrtle uses Tom's actual wife's name. He tells her not to use that name, but being jealous, she decides to try and take control of the argument by telling him she'll say her name whenever she wants and shouts "Daisy! Daisy! Daisy!" For this, Tom slaps her in the nose and causes her to bleed. Even though Myrtle is the one that Tom loves, she is still jealous of Daisy, the one Tom is still married to. Because Myrtle is jealous of Daisy, she brings her up during an argument because their is still jealousy and hatred going on the back of her mind.

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