Annotation of Act 1 Scene 2

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Leontes misinterprets the relation which existed between Hermione and Polixenes. This happens because his jealousy overpowers his morality. He begins to fret. I would like my group members to discuss how jealousy results in the loss of our sense of right and wrong/ethics.
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[145]  And well become the agent. ’T may, I grant.  But to be paddling palms and pinching fingers,  As now they are, and making practiced smiles  As in a looking glass, and then to sigh, as ’twere  The mort o’ th’ deer—O, that is entertainment
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Act 1 Scene 2

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Jealousy really is its own sort of disease; it's extremely detrimental to those involved. Leontes ends up destroying his entire life based off his emotions and it's very sad to watch someone behave so irrationally. In real life, people are sometimes killed in jealous disputes.

Not sure what the psychiatry is of jealousy - would have to check the research. I do know that narcissitic injury and mortification seem to operate. "Narcissistic personality disorder involves a pattern of self-centered, arrogant thinking and behavior, a lack of empathy and consideration for other people, and an excessive need for admiration. Others often describe people with NPD as cocky, manipulative, selfish, patronizing, and demanding." This set of behaviors is correlated with very serious early childhood abandonment and trauma by "friends and family." "Love-objects never form r are ripped away from the child <5. Hard to imagine. Triggering is instant and makes sense - from the POV of an abandoned young child. That is a contemporary, and empathic, understanding of the harmful behaviors.

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