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"I'd rather see you dead little girl than to be with another man."
-- The Beatles (Rubber Soul, 1965)

To John Lennon fifty years ago, this kind of jealousy was not a healthy love. To our present-day sensibilities, the attitude sounds like a depraved contorted sentiment that could never be confused with "love". Today, we can no longer relate to Frank Stockton's short story The Lady or the Tiger (1892).


Classic plots are rooted in jealous rage (Zeus's wife Hera, Othello, The Winter's Tale, The Kreutzer Sonata). Most incomprehensible and infuriating to us is the ancient practice of punishing women who have been taken against their will. Such is the plot of the ancient Hindu tale of Rama and Sita, which has been retold with variations for each generation. Nina Paley brings her modern, feminist sensibility to the Ramayana, complete with music by Rachmaninoff and Irving Berlin. Sita Sings the Blues

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