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First comes marriage then comes love, marriage is legal act bringing a woman and a man closer to each other, colliding their whole lives to be one. Marriage is the key into forming a larger family unit in the social system, it also is what binds both emotional and sexual attractions where both spouse are sharing their whole life together creating a family. Nowadays there is a noticeable prevalence of trends concerning marriage in certain communities, two of the most used trends are love marriages and arranged marriages. Moreover, some people are fortunate enough to find their soul mates on their own while others aren’t as lucky, instead they have to get their soul mates selected for them
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I strongly disagree with the whole concept of arranged marriages. I believe all men and women should have the freedom to choose whom they marry, and it should not be left up to anyone but themselves. Whether it is relatives making previous plans, people getting in trouble with the law, or another reason that might be against a person’s own will, I see that as terribly wrong and against anything I’ve ever been taught. I think the emotional toll it can take on women is completely unfair, as they don’t have a choice and, as said by a young woman in the Junior Scholastic article Marriage-or Else, 2011 “Every time they could, they found an excuse to beat me.” That statement shows me that
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How would you feel if you were marry a person your parent choose not just to get married but used as a form of currency? Many arranged marriages from Elizabethan England were arranged for children to be married to another family of similar prestige. There are mainly two different type of arranged marriages, forced and traditional. Arranged marriages from Shakespeare's time to modern days are viewed differently from parent's, children's, and society's perspectives.
Parents from Elizabethan Era arranged marriage so their family can gain power. Parents in the modern day and form Elizabethan Era are really similar that they still look at the general quality when looking for an arranged
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happiness. She is able to look for a life partner that is attractive to her and understands her strengths and weaknesses, as well as what she needs. Contrary to an arranged marriage, where the family chooses the spouse for the women, “the choice of such an intimate and permanent relationship could only be made by the individuals involved,” which is the basis of a love match (Nanda 564). Parents know a great deal about their children, however, they do not know every little detail their child wants in a person. When two people in a love match get married it is usually only after knowing each other for a long time. The couple should have more than enough time to explore both the good and the bad
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Arranged Marriage: For America?
Both arranged marriages and romantic marriages have good and bad points. Cultures such as India, Japan, and Ethiopia have had arranged marriages since the dawn of time. In America we allow our young adults to make their own decisions on whom to marry. Would Americans accept the practice of parents deciding whom they are going to marry without considering their wants or feelings? The answer is an emphatic NO! Americans are hopelessly romantic and fiercely believe in freedom of choice. Arranged marriages would never be accepted in American culture.
Most of the time, if not all, the decisions we make concerning marriage are based on the concept of “romantic
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Would you be able to tell if a couple has an arranged marriage by looking at them? In the past, arranged marriage was a common occurrence in countries and regions across the globe. While arranged marriage has diminished in modern times, many places still marry that way. In those places, arranged marriage has evolved and developed in some regions, while stagnating in other areas. Additionally, different countries have diverse customs and beliefs that explain the tradition of arranged marriage and why it still occurs today. Numerous countries have roots that stem from hundreds of years ago, which is exhibited in classic writings. Arranged marriage in Shakespeare’s, “Romeo and Juliet”, can
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The Process of Arranged Marriage
The Arabic culture has many unique aspects just like any other culture in the world. One of these aspects is Arranged Marriages, which many people have varying viewpoints on. This paper will layout the various opinions and view points that come to mind when a person hears the phrase Arranged Marriage. Furthermore it will layout the initial process where a bride and groom initially meet, as well as the females overall say in the process of who her to be husband is. After that this paper will display the facts of the ceremony and various traditions that are involved. The overall learning objective is to gains a deeper understanding of the Arranged Marriage
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Freedom of choice is a luxury which many people take for granted. One of the most significant choices that you will make is when you choose the person that you wish to spend the rest of your life with. But for some people this choice is unfortunately taken away when they are born into a culture that believes in the arrangement of a marriage. A decision and a choice so important is not yours to make but left for someone else to decide without taking happiness into consideration. Therefore, I am against the practice of arranged marriages because it violates a person’s right to make their own decisions.
The arrangement of marriage dates as far back as the custom of marriage itself and is
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Marriage is a union between two people who love each other, but what happens when it is an arranged marriage? This thought probably never crossed your mind, and to be honest it never crossed mine either. Although, the interesting part about all this is, my parents are living proof of an arranged marriage. It is not a simple task to fall in love with a complete stranger, but my parents proved to me that it could work out, even though it is a long way to the path of success. In addition, many people do not know what an arranged Indian marriage looks like, but it is time I cleared that up for those people who have no clue.
First, the groom will get some background information on the bride. A
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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni in the collection of her short stories titled Arranged Marriage, portrays a negative image of the Indian cultural practices while discussing marital relationships in the diasporic space. The title gives the impression that Indian marriage system is not only weird but also barbaric. She fails to understand that gender bias is not unique to India, and it is a global problem.
Sarah Elizabeth Webb, a westerner, who works for a rural tribal school along the border of Tamil Nadu and Kerala in her article “Still Under Siege” comments that gendered oppression is an accepted norm in USA. She says:
The point, really, is that the U.S. is certainly not innocent of gender
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Marriage has been an important aspect all over the world for ages. Marriage has been important to society for a variety of reasons. Most People all over the world believe that the traditional family, a father, a mother, and children, are the basic building blocks of society. The children learn to become citizens, learn about relationships, what is expected of them in society, and how to behave by the parents. The traditional idea of marriage is basically one man and one woman in a monogamous and permanent relationship. Western culture marriages are usually based on love and romance but there’s a debate whether love marriages are better than arranged marriages. In other cultures other than
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Arranged Marriage vs. Free-choice Marriage"Happy marriages begin when we marry the ones we love, and they blossom when we love the ones we marry" (Tom Mullen, 2005, p.1). It is argued that free-choice marriages based on love or romance, offer more independence and freedom as compared to arranged marriages where the man and woman are chosen by the parents and so there is pressure and is not so suitable and independent. However, no marriage is necessarily an ideal sort of marriage. Therefore, it becomes difficult to predict the ideal sort of marriage. The decision is upon the individual, whether he or she wants to be part of an arrange or free-choice marriage. There are two main types of
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husband psychologically. Shalini Gupta explains, “In a veiled manner Divakaruni asserts that in arranged marriages, attempts to schedule and expression of female sexuality to coincide with institutional structures of marriage renders impossible an articulation of women’s desires” (153-154).
At the opportune moment, the protagonist frees herself from her husband’s control. Divakaruni throws light on the kind of relationship he has with his wife through his self-introspection. “Once in a while, of course, he had to put his foot down, like when she wanted to get a job or go back to school or buy American clothes. But he always softened his no’s with a remark like, What for, I’m here to take care of
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not a lasting relationship that would easily grow from such love, and in this case, he is married.4.) Respectful Love. This is the love of the father and mother, and the love that begins to grow between the newly-weds. It is lasting, and develops over time. It is highly valued among the family shown in the video.5.) Unappropriate Love. There are relationships that are not supposed to develop, this could cross class boundaries and in the film, it was shown as crossing age boundaries.I can see a lot of value in the perspective the film offered on arranged marriage and love. It showed a couple who had married through an arranged marriage and developed a love that lasted. It showed how a
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Arranged and Forced Marriages In Foreign CountriesMarriage, the binding partnership of a woman and man; "The Happily Ever" fairytale we quietly desired one day, and continue to wish for in the lives of our children, and generations today. The biggest decision we make, but sometimes the most uneducated one of them all. From cultural traditions to religious beliefs, we plan and arrange the Wedding Event with the hope of a lifetime of successes. In everyday life we attend social gatherings with friends, family, and colleagues, humoring each other and making statements, "Let's arrange the marriage now!" We find it humorous as we share innuendos of our perceptions and opinions. We quietly desire
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If we talk about marriage, what comes on your mind? Marriage is a union between a man and woman, particularly regulated by law in which they become a husband and wife. Selecting a husband and wife is one of the most important decisions of a person’s life because a marriage can bring either a happy or unhappy life. Choosing the best partner is one of the key to get a happy marriage. Talking about partners, which one do you prefer to marry, the person whom you love or arranged marriage, that is, your parents will choose your partner? For some people they may choose to get married with the person whom they love, which is love marriage. Actually, there are two kinds of marriage that are love
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Many cultures practice arranged marriages. Are these arranged marriages more sustainable than love marriages? Yes, arranged marriages last longer and are stronger than love marriages; therefore, the practice of arranged marriages should continue.
Lisa Black, in her article “Arranged – not – forced – Marriages a Good Match in Cultures,” states that many people believe that arranged marriages are forced, but they are not. “Arranged’ means parents are involved in the decision – making” (Black). Her article discusses a couple whose marriage was arranged. Sai Srinivasan and Uma Viswanathan knew they had a choice, that they would not be forced to marry. Guided by their Hindu religion
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The main point of this article is facts about arranged marriage. This article has addressed to the audience of British society apart to British Asians. Because the writer, intended to present them the real meaning, about the arranged marriages and how it works. In addition, it gives a clear method to the part of British people who an arranged marriage is different from their viewpoints. The writer gave this article an obvious title, which clearly sends out what he has proposed to say to those against arranged marriages.
This is the title: Sardar, Ziauddin. (2008) “Life & Style 2008” The First Person-Family, [online] Available From: www.guardian.co.uk/ [Accessed 13 Sep 2008]: 1
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Arranged marriage is the union of a man and woman which is brought about by someone other than the bride and groom (“Arranged” 1). Recent research has shown that arranged marriages may have originated during the Vedic period of Indian history (Chettri 1). Although many arranged marriages generally rely on the consent of the bride and groom, in some cases, one or both of them is forced to marry without a choice and in others, they are too pressured to refuse (Reiss 1). Technically, arranged marriage is not forced marriage, but parents have been known to use foul methods that often resembled the latter such as bribery, threats or blackmail (Zuberi 1). Traditionally, parents began to choose
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What is an arranged marriage? Well in the Webster’s dictionary it is defined as a marriage where the marital partners are chosen by others based on considerations other than the pre-existing mutual attraction of the partners.
This habit has been very common in noble families, especially in reigning ones, at the scope of combining and perhaps enforcing the respective strengths of originary families (and kingdoms) of the spouses. A relevant part of history has been influenced by these unions. Arranged marriage is also the marriage concluded with the help of a middleman, once frequent in less cultivated social classes. In some areas it is the man who chooses his wife
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friends’ faces. Explaining the factors of an arranged marriage, the girl’s friends cannot help but be concerned for her. She knows nothing of this man she is supposedly going to marry. She does not know what he looks like, his profession, the way he was raised, his likes, his dislikes, his personality, or even his favorite color. How can a young girl be so excited to marry a man she does not even know? Culture and religion has set a path for millions of women to find an arranged marriage acceptable.
An arranged marriage is considered the practical and in many communities the only form of marriage. Love is believed to be a product of the marriage, rather than a process that leads to marriage
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The outline is included and the essay is sort of short.Marriage is "the legal union of a man and woman as husband and wife"(Encarta Encyclopedia 1998) usually entered into in order to have children. "Although marriage customs vary greatly from one culture to another, the importance of the institution is universally acknowledged."An arranged marriage is coupling initiated by the parents of the bride and groom. This form of marriage "…[has] been accepted almost every where [in the world] throughout history." Arranged marriages today are found mainly in the Eastern part of the world but a few examples can still be found in the Western hemisphere."Arranged marriages, which [have] been
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“For better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part”. These words, or similar, are spoken as a result of a traditional love marriage; granted at the time of the marriage, a spouse cannot leave the opposing spouse unless death is the cause. Nowadays that is not the leading cause in the separation of a couple. The American Psychological Association stated that 40 to 50 percent of traditional American marriages lead to divorce whereas 1.1 percent of arranged Indian marriages lead to divorce. In some cultures a love marriage is frowned upon because it does not guarantee a relationship. By parents arranging a relationship for their child, it
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Arranged EngagementAn arranged marriage is a marriage that is established before involving oneself in a lengthy courtship, and often involves the arrangement of someone other than the persons getting married sometime ,it is to some point a political alliance,a solidification of one's family political and financial status . These marriages are relatively rare in our western hemisphere, but still numerous in the Middle East and parts of Africa and Asia. While a love marriage is more of a free choice when the unity of two people is strictly, your choice and no one can force you to marry against your will. This is the most common way for marriage which was developed mostly in the western
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Arranged Marriages are marriages in which are organized and arranged through family and friends of either the woman or the man of the marriage. This would occur since some states in the US outlaw marriages between White and Japanese people. Arranged marriages doesn't only occur that way, becuase a lot of arranged marriages can be found throughout the world, many of them being traditional to their cultures. Some arranged marriages can be arranged at anytime, even while they are still children!Picture brides are a form of arranged marriages, except the couple would not meet until they marry. They would only exchange pictures and letters to one another. Usually this would occur between a man
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Nowadays we live in a world which is full of choices and the choice of the person you would like to merry is one of the most important one. It is really hard to decide whether this person is really “yours” or it is just the illusion. Thus, can it be a better way to have somebody who decides who will you be married to? Some people think it is unfair because person doesn’t have the right of choice but the others think that arranged marriages are a good choice. Free choice marriage is a marriage in which both partners choose each other by themselves and the choice is based on factors such as physical attraction, the desire for emotional stability, love, similar outlooks, personalities
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arranged marriage. If the child is lucky, the final vote will be theirs.The idea of arranged marriages is very difficult for our western countries to comprehend. In the western countries, the idea of marrying a stranger seems unnatural and odd. Most North Americans can't seem to recognize the idea of marrying an outsider. Although, this practice is generally the way things are done in Indian and Muslim countries, they will most likely continue to seem strange to North Americans.In Western countries, we lean on focusing our attention on more material issues such as sex, love, and beauty, which are the center of our relationships. People get married for such reasons, and then as a result, get bored
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Find her a husband!Thesis: Even though arranged marriages have their downsides, if thought about in a logical manner, the risk taken is less than that of a love marriage.I.Disadvantages of Love Marriagesa.Basis for marriageb.Idealistic illusionII.Advantages of Arranges Marriagesa.Cultural preservationb.Maintaining social stabilityc.Willingness to changed.Parental approvalIII.Application to different circumstancesIV.ConclusionFind her a husband!Marriage is the union of two people committed to the preservation of culture, economic status and the general well being of one's spouse. Married people tend to support one another in more ways than just love and affection, including financial
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of the anthropologist, detailing the life ways of a particular culture, investigated by means of direct fieldwork” (1). As she gets accepted by the women of the villages, she gets a more inclusive view of the culture.
Elizabeth Fernea observed an arranged to swap daughter and son with a brother in marriage. She said, “Bob reported that Ali had family completed marriage arrangements with his brother. Ali’s brother’s son would come to El Nahra, bringing his sister who would marry Hassan” (Fernea 136). This type of marriage is called preferential cousin-marriage, “which is a practiced in one form or another in most of the major region of the world. Unlike our own kinship system, kinship
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OutlineThesis Statement: Arranged marriages have different forms mostly depending on the couples country, culture and social surrounding conditions; however, not all of these forms are acceptable, successful and respectable by many societies.I.In arranged marriages, the possibility of its success is unknown and depending on the culture of the couple and the type of this arranged marriage.A.If the couple is from the same region or society the chances of having a successful marriage is great.B.A successful arranged marriage occurs when the couple respect, care, and trust for each other.C.Thesis Statement: Arranged marriages have different forms mostly depending on the couples country, culture
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Arranged marriage is the idea that marriages should be arranged by the parents or other family members. This is acceptable in some parts of the world but for some it is completely out of the question. If choosing our life long partners are our most basic rights as an individual then why are arranged marriages still enforced among other nations? Arranged marriages shouldn’t be enforced because of the infringement on rights and freedom of a female and male, the boundaries it creates to diversity and the consequence of illiteracy and lack of education upon women.
The idea of enforcing an arranged marriage causes problems with feminists. Because the procedures involved in arranging marriages
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What comes to mind when you hear the words arranged marriage? I am sure a happy, respectful, loving relationship was not what popped into your mind. Arrange marriages are a complex subject, and the concept is perceived as a human rights issue where individuals loose the right to freedom of choice. In saying that, my initial opinion of an arranged marriage was not held in high regard. However, after being introduced to someone who is in the process of an arranged marriage; and conducting my own research; my view changed. Hence I have much regret about my naivety on the concept. This type of marriage, known as a culturally specific decision (Seth, 2008), has been confused with a forced
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Three different Western marriage customs have influenced the characters in the story "Marriage is a Private Affair" by Chinua Achebe. It is about a Nnaemeke and Nene. Nnaemeke was an Igbo but Nene was from a different part of the country. They fell in love and Nnameke proposed. Then Nnaemeke got a letter from his father telling him about an arranged marriage that is being planned. Very disappointed, Nnaemeke comes home and tells his father that he will not get married to anybody, except Nene. Nnaemeke was kicked out from his father's house and wasn’t wanted there anymore. Happily married, Nnaemeke and Nene, had two sons. They wanted to see their grandpa and wouldn’t stop asking to visit him
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Arranged MarriageChapter IIntroductionArranged marriages have been around for quite a while. Not only has this form of marriage stood the test of time, even today in large parts of Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, a significant proportion of all marriages are arranged. Consequently, social scientists of all stripes have sought to study the intricacies of arranged marriages. In fact, to commemorate 1994 as the international year of the family, the UNESCO commissioned a large study on the changing family in Asia (Atal, 1992). Arranged marriages received a considerable amount of attention in this study. This popularity of arranged marriages notwithstanding, economists have been interested in
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-cycle rituals (Samskaras) which connects to other important rituals such as birth, early childhood, the coming of early adulthood and death. The marriage ritual is considered by Hindu men and women to be the most important ritual of all. Doing this ritual upholds the dharama which is the law of the cosmos, morals, religious duties, laws and customs that are in harmony with natural law. In Indian society they have experimented with many forms of marriage but only one is accepted by Hinduism which is known as 'Brahma marriage'. Brahma marriage is when the marriage is arranged or at least approved of/by the parents or guardians. Matters which are considered important to a matching of a bride
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Parental Directed MarriageMost Americans know something of loving someone no matter what anyone else seems to think. Some even marry, which in turn can alienate them from their families because they chose a partner who is not seen as good enough. But how many people have heard of arranged marriages or where the parent's view of the marriage is the final word? Most Americans have never had this enforced upon them but for the Yoruba and some people in Japanese society, this is how marriage is done. A growing body of research has pointed out that maybe these types of marriage are detrimental to the persons involved.For the Yoruba, parents are deeply involved in a mans first marriage. Parental
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that people live together. After that, are the happy? Marriage is not an easy issue because there are different traditional points of view about it on over the world
In India, marriage is a mean that relies on the parents' decisions. For example, Marriages in India are arranged marriages, they are forcing two people to get married. Marriages in this country is not a relationship of love for two people, but a connection between two families. Moreover, in this type of arranged marriage, the husband and wife have never met each other, and they have to live as a lifetime term with a partner that they don’t even know before. Indian family said that “Their kids will love and understand each other
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Marriage in The Importance of Being Earnest
The Importance of Being Earnest is a play by Oscar Wilde. Oscar describes his play as A Trivia comedy for serious people. The protagonists in the play maintains being fictitious in order to escape burdensome social obligations. The play is lighthearted with flippant comments and offhand jokes, however the play contains serious undertones and social commentary about marriage and the society. Oscar Wilde in his plat portrays marriage in the Victorian Era as arranged for the upper class. Lady Bracknell is not ready to give her daughters hand in marriage to Earnest because of his social class and because he told her that he was found in a Victorian
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their mutual salvation.
The relationship between a couple is essentially a relationship of the
souls. It is not necessary that their gender roles are fixed for ever.
Some times they may switch roles and the husband may become the wife
and the wife the husband. Sometimes they may also temporarily part
their ways and come together again after one or two lives in a grand
Marriage in Hinduism is a sacred relationship. Hindu marriage
tradition recognizes seven different types of marriage, ranging from
the popularly known arranged marriages to the extremely rare and
forced marriages through abduction. Generally most of the marriages
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are a number of issues that my observation raises. Firstly, are individuals ruled by their taught social manners to the extent that their basic human instincts are eradicated? Has the girl in the observation made a collective choice as an individual to have an arranged marriage or are there outside pressures on her to enter in to such a relationship?
Functionalism looks at society as a whole system and forms the idea that all parts of society are made up of different components called social institutions. These institutions hold society together and form what is known as the social structure, for example, the economy, the family, the education system
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Many couples that come from a Japanese background are starting to prefer more of a western wedding than a traditional Shinto wedding. There are several reasons for couples prefer a western than Shinto wedding because they have a different views on marriage. In Japanese traditional wedding both style and culture are involved and that has been known for many years. There are two major differences between a Shinto marriage and western marriage. When a couple is in love and they decide to get married, traditionally that is a western marriage. As in a Shinto marriage, the couple is arranged and told who to marry. The parents choose the bride for the groom or choose the groom for the bride and
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this day and age, arranged marriages still happen although the numbers are relatively low. Still, in marriages that are based on love, great pressure is placed on the continuation of the family via children.
In conclusion, this study shows that there are traditional differences between the U.S and Japanese cultures when it comes to views on marriage and the family unit. The U.S usually follows love and family more casually than the Japanese due to the amount of pressures placed on individuals by the status quo and past generations. Such pressures such as honor and responsibility for the family could lead to fewer divorce rates among Japanese, whereas Americans are ultimately about individual happiness, regardless of the blending effect of American marriage.
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(ibadah)' this highlights the importance of marriage in both religions. As in Hinduism marriage is consider the most important saṁskāra which is similar to Muslim belief of appraising God. Both religions consider marriage an essential part of life, Hindus believe that marriage is a part of the karmic order and a dharma (duty) helping one to progress in reincarnation until they reach moksha (Srinivasan & Bedi 2007).For Hindus a Brahma marriage is arranged early by the parents to ensure the virginity of the potential bride and lower the dowry. On the other hand in Muslim shariah, marriage is not arranged, Muslims are free to marry whom they wish, and for women they can only marry a
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worries that come with marriage. Like time, marriage has changed and we now have different expectations of marriage. Marriages could be arranged, loveless, or simply for someone to benefit from either money wise or federal wise. The one thing about marriage that has been fought over for years is gay marriage. Gay marriage, although approved in many countries, has been a struggle throughout America. With only a couple states approving gay marriage, it is still frowned upon by many. Many don’t see the true effect gay marriage could have on society in the United States. Gay marriage should be legalized because times are changing, marriage is a legal right and with gay marriage, there is an
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In American culture the view on arranged marriages are not looked at very favorably. This is because we have grown up with the knowledge that when it comes time to marry we will have chosen our spouse of our own free will. The match will be a love match and one that is chosen through our own needs. Young men and women in India grow up with an opposite view on marriage. They know that when it comes time to marry their parents will find them a suitable mate and it will be considered scared and a lifelong commitment (Agence France-Presse.) A total of 74 percent of respondents from across India voted in favour of traditional "arranged" marriages, according to the poll by private television
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tend to “marry down” (Crawford, 2012). This came about because women used to have little access to education and prestigious jobs so their only choice to gain economic security was through marriage. Today, both men and women admire qualities such as intelligence, desire for children, and great personality, but for women, wealth and status are very important qualities (Crawford, 2012).
In the movie, A Monsoon Wedding, the marriage that was about to take place was an arranged marriage. Aditi, a young woman who is still in love with an ex-boyfriend, has agreed to proceed with an arranged marriage, planned by her parents. In the beginning of the movie she states that she is ready to settle
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According to the author, Lizette Alvarez, in the article “Arranged Marriages Get a Little Reshuffling”, Arranged marriages are better than modern marriages and parents can choose good mates for young. First, the arranged marriage has changed a lot in modern time. Arranged marriages are more flexible because young people can meet several times in some public venues without family members. Parents and elders have become more lenient. Second, arranged marriages have more advantages than modern marriages. Arranged marriages can preserve religion and identity and help people to find their mates in the same social class. Arranged marriages can outlast modern marriages because couples can avoid
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comes to their mind without taking the consequences into consideration. As a result of sharing everything, disputes and arguments could occur between couples.
Whether respondents agreed, disagreed or were in-between, there are several facts about arranged and traditional marriages that nobody can deny. Indeed, Michael J. Rosenfeld, who is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at Stanford University, has stated on The New York Times website that love marriages and arranged marriages are not as different as we make them to be. Both of them have cons and pros. Furthermore, love marriages do not mean that the marriage last forever. In contrast, arranged marriages do not denote that
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Marriage is the socially recognized union of two or more people. Selecting a marriage partner is very much a culturally defined process. The rules governing selection vary widely from society to society and are more often complex. How would you go about selecting a mate? Where would you begin? What criteria would you use? When we look around the world to see how other societies deal with these questions, it is clear that the ways of selecting a mate or a marriage partner has been changed from generation to generation.
In the generation where my grandparents came from, marriages were purely arranged by the elderly. Mothers or aunts usually selected a marriage partner for their sons. My
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The Roman Catholic View of Marriage
Lots of people, male and female, spend there childhoods dreaming about
the big day. White dresses, fresh flowers, big church and of course
the rings, just to name a few of the important things needing to be
arranged. People spend months preparing the big day. The list of
things to do never ends food, clothes, guest list and reception. But
how often do we stop and think about the Christian beliefs on
marriage. When did we last ask what do the rings mean? Dress mean?
Vows mean? These are just a few of the questions I will try to answer
in the following:
Catholics only have one major rule about marriage. They may