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Theme of Jealousy in Io

Hera's jealousy causes a whole heap of trouble for Io. Not only does Hera turn the friendly nymph into a prisoner, she later sends a gadfly (or the Furies, depending on the version) to sting Io wherever where she roams. Oh yeah, and it was Zeus's fear of his wife's jealous wrath that made him change Io into a heifer in the first place.

Hera may seem a little psycho to some people, but remember—it's not like she's paranoid or something. Zeus cheats on her constantly, and everybody knows it. There's no doubt that the queen of the gods has a pretty good reason to be jealous. Maybe Zeus and Hera should just go duke it out on Maury and save everybody else some grief.

Questions About Jealousy

  1. Why do you think Hera focuses all her jealous revenge on Io and not on Zeus?
  2. Are there any innocent victims of Hera's jealous anger in the story?
  3. What are some examples of Hera's jealousy from other myths? Check out our Shmoop files for some clues.
  4. What makes Hera finally give up her jealous revenge on Io?
  5. Was jealousy a different beast in the wayback Greece days than it is today?

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