Essay on Jealousy Over Fame By Edith Wharton

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Jealousy over Fame
Edith Wharton’s short story, Roman Fever, shows many illustrates the many ways in which relationships can go wrong. The theme I gain from reading the Roman Fever, is about a lover’s triangle between women fighting for love. Readers see some major problems occurring in the story like lust, fornication, jealousy, lies and bitterness as Wharton compares the past of main character’s Mrs. Slade and Mrs. Ansley. According to the Bible, in the book of 1 Corinthians 7.2-5, “Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.” (1Corinthians 7:2-5 KJV). This means to me that everyone is entitled to have one partner/spouse. Additionally, it is implied through the famous phrase that spouse will exist in a person’s life “for better or for worse.” Each person just needs to have patience in finding the right person. However, Wharton warns/shows readers that this is not always the case, that sometimes, some people, are weak and fall victim to temptation. A good example of a lustful moment that occurs in Roman Fever is the night “Delphin arranged everything” (1212). Delphin is the engaged to Mrs. Slade. Mrs. Slade was at the time good friends with Mrs. Ansley, who was described as a beautiful and stunning woman in her prime. Mrs. Slade, jealous of the way her fiancé would ogle at Mrs. Ansley wrote a fake letter addressed to Mrs. Ansley from Delphin asking her to meet him. This whole plan backfires and Delphin…

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