Essay on The Radical Idea Of Marrying For Love

1127 Words Aug 6th, 2015 5 Pages
When the word marriage is heard, what definition comes to mind? After reading Stephanie Coontz’s article, The Radical Idea of Marrying for Love, the definition of marriage that most people are familiar with is different. In Coontz’s article, she explains the ideal marriage in multiple cultures and how the idea of marriage has altered after some time. It is hard to have one definition of marriage for one culture when there are many different people, therefore, is there a real definition for marriage? If there is a real definition of marriage, is there such thing as love? In Coontz’s article, she explains the concept of marriage for different cultures. Some of the areas were China, Europe, Africa, Greece, Alaska and etc. She gives a brief description of how the parents and sometimes the government play a role in marriage in some of the different areas. She also explains the role of the husband and wife in some of the cultures. An example of the description that Coontz gives about the parents and their role in the marriage would be when she explains how arranged marriages were performed. Not only arranged marriages, but if the parents of the husband felt the wife were doing wrong or not living up to their standards then “parents could force a son to divorce his wife.” Coontz also described how “couples were not to put their feelings for each other above more important commitments, such as their ties to parents, siblings, cousins, neighbors, or God.” As for the role of…

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