The Differences Between Dorian Solot’s and Stephanie Coontz’s Essays

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Is marriage really important? There is a lot of controversy over marriage and whether it is eminent. Some people believe it is and some people believe it is not. These opposing opinions cause this controversy. “On Not Saying ‘I do’” by Dorian Solot explains that marriage is not needed to sustain a relationship or a necessity to keep it healthy and happy. Solot believes that when a couple gets married things change. In “For Better, For Worse”, Stephanie Coontz expresses that marriage is not what is traditional in society because it has changed and is no longer considered as a dictator for people’s lives. The differences between these two essays are the author’s writing style and ideas. “On Not Saying ‘I do’” and “For Better, For Worse” …show more content…
On the other hand, Coontz’s writing style is more analytical. Coontz picked apart marriage. She analyzed the changes of marriage throughout the decades, the things that have caused it to be less significant, and how it “exerts less power of people’s lives” (498). Third, the tone of Solot’s writing style is lighter than Coontz’s. Solot states, “Maybe it’s because of my feminist, hippie mom, who played Free to Be You and Me while I was in utero and encouraged me to have goals beyond marrying the handsome prince” (492). This quote is an example of how Solot’s essay is humorous, light-hearted, and casual. However, the tone of Coontz’s writing style is heavier than Solot’s. Coontz states, “Forget the fantasy of solving the challenges of modern personal life by re-institutionalizing marriage” (499). This quote is an example of how the tone of Coontz’s writing style is serious, reasoned, and controlled. Fifth, the supporting details of Solot’s and Coontz’s essays differ in their writing style. Solot references books, such as Marriage Shock: The Transformation of Women into Wives and Cutting Loose: Why Women Who End Their Marriages Do So Well, to prove her point. She believes they “quote scores of women who explain how their relationships changed when they got married” (491). However, Coontz presents explanations of how marriage has changed throughout time and how it is in different cultures.

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