What is sibling rivalry? Sibling rivalry is competition or animosity between brothers and sisters. Competition = to fight, test, or argue Animosity = to dislike or hate
Some famous examples of sibling rivalry… Cain and Abel In the Biblical story of Cain and Abel, God favored Abel. Cain was very jealous of Abel. Cain murdered his brother Abel.
Rachel and Leah Rachel and Leah were sisters. Leah was the oldest sister. Rachel fell in love with a man named Jacob. But the oldest daughter in the family is supposed to get married first. So Rachel and Leah’s father tricked Jacob…and Jacob married Leah instead of Rachel.
Linus and Lucy Van Pelt from the “Charlie Brown” Series
Malcolm and Reese Wilkerson from “Malcolm in the Middle”
Fredo and Michael Corleone from “The Godfather” movies
What causes sibling rivalry? There is usually more than one reason for sibling rivalry. Jealousy is the most common reason. Also, when 2 siblings are close in age it can cause sibling rivalry. Competition over similar interests and goals.