Resentment Rising

Emotion Review 1 (1):31-32 (2009)

Jerome Neu
University of California, Santa Cruz
Oatley's discussion of “resentment” in Othello works with an unfortunately impoverished notion of resentment, and the narrative of emergence and unfolding that he offers suffers from it. As explicated by Bishop Butler, John Rawls, and other philosophers, resentment rests on moral claims and is to be distinguished on that basis from envy and Nietzschean ressentiment. W. H. Auden, in “The Joker in the Pack,” provides more persuasive insight into the dark destructive malicious envy that motivates Iago. Such destructive aims are as characteristic of humans as “relational goals,” and must be attended to if we are to learn from literature about ourselves
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