Analysis Of As We Two Shall Love: The White Wedding In Postwar America

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The wedding is an age-old tradition known to take place involving two people who love each other but oftentimes, love has nothing to do with it. In Luci Johnson’s case, marriage was all about the publicity, the pomp, and the circumstance, as much as she didn’t want it to be. Luci Johnson’s wedding was somewhat of a different case as the daughter of the president, but it’s just a slightly more exaggerated version of an already magnified ceremony that is supposedly only about two people. As much as people try to take the politics out of the marriage ceremony, it will never come to a point where the wedding is truly a private affair. Karen M. Dunak, in her book As Long As We Both Shall Love: The White Wedding in Postwar America, is arguing that …show more content…
Although there is always a difference in number between invitees and attendees, a husband and wife to be feel the pressure to invite as many people as they can because those whom they exclude will find out and become offended. This is always a major stressor in planning a white wedding because it’s dangerously easy to forget the more important people trying to tend to everybody. This is the same reason couples post their wedding announcements in their local newspaper. Breaking the news to every single childhood friend is challenging, but putting it in the paper guarantees everyone a decent chance to find out. The largeness of the white wedding has parallels within the news realm as well because the larger the wedding, the larger the newspaper that it gets announced in. Those with large weddings and high up parents choose to submit their wedding announcements in the New York Times or other large news companies. The merging of two children of wealthy tycoons is an event to be bragged about. Evolutionarily, the wedding was implemented to merge the wealth of two families. However, this wealth and fame is what everyone wishes for. People are taught to fear and idolize those with wealth. Humans aspire to be well off and then some. Not only that, but with wealth comes power and humans are intrinsically power hungry. But if they can’t have this wealth, they pretend like they do for their most …show more content…
It’s viewed as many other things, like a transition out of adolescence and into the next phase of life. It can also be a bigger deal for the bride and groom’s parents than themselves. In the movie and Broadway musical Mamma Mia, Sophie, the daughter of a hard-working inn owning mother blows up at her mom for trying to live vicariously through her: “DONNA (mother): Isn 't that what you want? SOPHIE: No. No, that 's what you want. Yes! God! You just...You have no idea. You never had a wedding. You never did” Offspring have a tendency to follow in their parents footsteps, which is what makes traditions nearly impossible to break and those who break them are and were few and far between. Parents push their children to either be who they couldn’t or be exactly who they were rather than just let their child be and do whatever they want to do in their lives. Even homosexual marriages "like the weddings of those before them, the white weddings hosted by same-sex couples in the 1990 's and in the early years of the new century seemingly adhered to a standardized form of celebration." (138) To those who believe that a marriage can only be a heterosexual affair see

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