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Envy

See also Jealousy.
Amneris
envious of Aida. [Ital. Opera: Verdi, Aida, Westerman, 325]
Cinderella’s sisters
envious of their sister’s beauty. [Folklore: Barnhart, 246]
green
symbol of envy; “the green-eyed monster.” [Color Symbolism: Jobes, 357; Br. Lit.: Othello]
Iago
Othello’s ensign who, from malevolence and envy, persuades Othello that Desdemona has been unfaithful. [Br. Lit.: Othello]
Joseph’s brothers
resented him for Jacob’s love and gift. [O.T.: Genesis 37:4]
Lensky
envy of Onegin leads to his death in a duel. [Russ. Opera: Tchaikovsky, Eugene Onegin, Westerman, 395–397]
Lisa
envious of Amina; tries unsuccessful stratagems. [Ital. Opera: Bellini, The Sleepwalker, Westerman, 128–130]
Snow White’s stepmother
envious of her beauty, queen orders Snow White’s death. [Ger. Fairy Tale: Grimm, 184]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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It adds a fourth definition, one in which the word is used without "notions of malevolence," and has to do with the (a) "desire to equal another in achievement, or excellence; emulation," and (b) speaks to "a longing for the advantages enjoyed by another person." Aristotle, in The Rhetoric, writes of emulation as good envy, or envy ending in admiration and thus in the attempt to imitate the qualities one began by envying. Yet it must be added that envy doesn't generally work this way.
Envying the birds, or at least pointing to their example, was precisely what seekers long ago would do.