Theme of Jealousy in “The Winter’s Tales”


How Leontes’ perceptions about women contribute to the feelings of jealousy within him?


The first III acts of this play are based on jealousy and tell the readers about its adverse effects. Leontes’ unfounded and sudden doubts about his wife’s chastity eat away him like a dangerous disease. Often critics compare his wild jealousy to Othello’s jealousy. Both men suspect their wives’ infidelity and express violent responses leading to destruction inside their families and upset in political balance too. Leontes, unlike Othello, does not abuse his family permanently. After suffering and repenting for sixteen years, Leontes finally unites with his daughter and wife.