"Heaven hath no anger like love to hatred converted, nor Hell a fury like a woman scorned," William Congreve wrote in "The Mourning Bride" (1697). Scorned women have been doing more than just mourning their losses for many years. They're also making plans to take revenge on those who have hurt them.
Women have been using their anger properly for as long as men have been having fights. And while men have always done their best to avoid these angry women, it's not easy -- especially when they live together. Arguments often lead to fights - and fights can lead to violence. So if you're living with an angry woman then you should know that this is probably not the happiest place in the world right now.
There are several reasons why women can be angry with their partners. Maybe she feels ignored or cheated on. Or perhaps he made her feel bad about herself or someone else. No matter what the cause, when a woman is angry she may say things such as "I hate you", "You're stupid", or even "I wish I was dead". Men tend to think that saying these things will make the woman love them again, but that's not how it works. These words come from the heart and they show that she's serious about wanting a break.
This proverb is based on words from William Congreve's (1670–1729) novel The Mourning Bride: "Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned." It has been interpreted to mean that a person who has been rejected by someone they love will bring about the destruction of some or all women. This interpretation comes from Congreve's use of the word "hell" in this sentence.
The phrase came into popular usage through Henry David Thoreau's book Walden: "Hell is other people."
It is also found in Shakespeare's play Othello: "I do believe you think me mad; / And be it so, I know how to be silent."
Finally, the phrase can be found in Herman Melville's book Moby-Dick: "Now, if ever hell had a devil, he was it."
It has been used as text for wedding invitations and anniversaries.
It has even been printed on T-shirts.
Women have used the phrase in response to any number of incidents where they have been insulted by men.
Where does the proverb "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned" come from? Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, from the English dramatist William Congreve's 1697 tragedy The Mourning Bride. Congreve's play was well-known at the time, and it helped launch his career. It is believed that the first published version of the proverb appeared in 1731 in John Arbuthnot's collection of proverbs and sayings.
Its origin is said to be the case of Leuconoe, who had an affair with King Agamemnon of Mycenae. When she refused his advances, he took revenge by killing her husband before going to war against Troy. When he returned five years later, he found Leuconoe waiting for him with another man's child. Furious, he killed the boy too. This made Leuconoe so mad that she swore that hell would never forgive him.
Some scholars believe the story behind the saying is true but altered to fit the occasion. They claim that the real source of its inspiration is not Leuconoe but her sister Philomela instead. Like Leuconoe, Philomela was cursed by Tereo, a king from Thrace. Like Leuconoe, Philomela was forced to watch as her son Taurus was slaughtered by her incestuous husband. Unlike Leuconoe, however, she managed to kill Tereo with an axe before she died.
This word is a contraction of William Congreve's lines, "Heaven hath no anger, like love turned to hatred, nor Hell a fury like a woman scorned" (The Mourning Bride, 1697). The quote may also have its origin in the Roman poet Ovid's Amor and Psyche. In that story, Amor (Love) tries to destroy Psyche (Compassion), but she resists him and is instead destroyed herself. When Love is defeated, he turns his attention to other matters.
"Heaven hath no anger like love converted to hatred, nor hell a fury as a woman scorned," the proverb reads. It's from William Congreve's play The Mourning Bride. It's not in the Bible.
Scorned women have been seen throughout history-from Biblical times to modern day-taking their revenge on those who have hurt them by way of suicide.
The Bible says several things about women who are scorned including that they will be "desolate" and that they should expect nothing good before they die.
Here are some other quotes about women scorned:
-"She will grow more bitter with each passing day until at last she takes her own life." - Aristotle
-"Women who are betrayed by their lovers often take their own lives when they feel there is no other option available to them." - Dr. Rajan Mahurkar
-"There are many cases of female suicides due to being scorned by their spouses or boyfriends." - Dr. John Bradley
-"A woman who has been deeply insulted by her husband can kill herself by taking an overdose of aspirin after making him a very painful meal to eat." - Dr. Richard Smith
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, you know. No one's rage is worse than a jilted woman's. Nancy, for example, has nothing pleasant to say about Tom—hell, you know, hath no fury. The image here is of love turned to ice, but Nancy is not alone in her fury. Love turns to anger when someone we love rejects us. When Tom refuses to forgive Nancy, she is left with no choice other than to pour all her anger into a written document.
Now, this isn't something that happens every day. If it did, people would use up their whole lifetime supply of anger venting to others. So obviously this kind of situation requires something special to happen, otherwise there wouldn't be any point in saying that hell has no fury like a woman scorned.
What happens is that when Tom realizes what Nancy has done, he will never forgive her. Not only has she destroyed any chance he had of getting back together with her, but also he believes that she has moved on with her life while he is still stuck in Nancy's shadow. This makes him so mad that he vows not to let himself be hurt again, so he decides to put a stop to his relationship with Nancy once and for all.
At first, this seems like a good idea to Tom.