Jmiller on 10/02/2008
|Adultery is consensual, extramarital sexual intercourse. Historically, and in some places still, adultery has been defined as consensual sexual intercourse between a married woman and a man other than her lawful husband. How sexist!|
The theme of adultery features in a wide range of literature through the ages. This is hardly surprising, as the fact of adultery has been a part of the human existence for as long as there has been marriage. As a theme it automatically brings its own conflict, between the people concerned and between sexual desires and a sense of loyalty; it brings intense emotions into the foreground, and has consequences for all concerned.
In the Bible, incidents of adultery are present almost from the start. The story of Abraham contains several incidents and serve as warnings or stories of sin and forgiveness.
Shakespeare wrote two plays in which the perception of adultery plays a significant part. In both Othello and The Winter's Tale it is the (false) belief by the central character that his wife is unfaithful that brings about his downfall.
Adultery--why does it intrigue us? This quiz deals with literary and historical adultery. How much do you know about his taboo topic?
The adultery information above was retrieved from www.jahsonic.com
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