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Marriage Customs in Different Time Periods

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Kenzie Cowan

on 6 April 2017

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Transcript of Marriage Customs in Different Time Periods

Comparison Between
The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet
and Modern China Marriage Customs

Modern China’s way of marriage and the play’s way of marriage is
similar because they both have an age limit of some sort.
Modern China
In China not many people date or have "intimate relations and public displays of affection"; however, dating is becoming more common in cities. ("China: Dating and Marriage")
Which is crazy to me still. I think you should become the age 18.
It is not traditional to date in China.
Dating is becoming more traditional online, and the chinese only date from age twenty or after college.
When you want to see a boy you go to a party. Also, you can go to an outside park event.
If you do date normally the father would pick out who you would date.
Works Cited
"China: Dating and Marriage." CultureGrams Online Edition, ProQuest, 2017,
cid=34&cn=China&sname=Dating_and_Marriage&snid=12>. Accessed 2 Apr. 2017.
Christina. “An Introduction to Modern Chinese Wedding Customs.” FluentU Mandarin Chinese,
2017 FluentFlix Limited, 11 Sept. 2013, <www.fluentu.com/chinese/blog/2013/09/11/
modern-chinese-wedding-customs/>. Accessed 2 Apr. 2017.
Comment on “Explain the Rules of Marriage during the Fourteenth Century.” Enotes.com,
Enotes.com, 22 May 2014, 6:14p.m., <www.enotes.com/homework-help                          
/explain-rules-marriage-during-fourteenth-century-469267>. Accessed 2 Apr. 2017.
“Marriage the MedievalEra: Arranged Marriage.” Medieval Times, 2017 Medieval Times Dinner
& Tournament, 1 Feb. 2001, <www.medievaltimes.com/teachers-students/materials/
medieval-era/marriage.html>. Accessed 2 Apr. 2017.
Shakespeare, William. The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. Literature Course 4. Wilhelm, Jeffrey,
Fisher, Douglas, et al. 4. Glencoe 2009, Columbus, OH. Print.Works Cited
The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet
In the play not many people dated.
Again the father normally picks out the significant other for the daughter.
In the fourteenth century “women didn't even know the man before they wed” (“Marriage the Medieval Era: Arranged Marriage”).
Dating is not very traditional in this time period.
Juliet met Romeo at a party on accident.
Is it unusual to get married at the age of fourteen? The Tragedy of Romeo and
Juliet by William Shakespeare shows “a pair of star-crossed lovers” who marry at an astonishingly young age (Shakespeare I.Prologue.6). The play is set in fourteenth century Verona, Italy, which is now known as the medieval era. The play follows two families, the Capulets and the Montagues, that hate each other. Romeo and Juliet encounter each other at a party and get married the day after, but Juliet gets set up to marry Paris by Lord Capulet. Romeo then kills Juliet’s cousin, Tybalt, and gets a banishment from the prince. They both, in honor of their love, commit suicide in the end. The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet compares and contrasts to modern China’s customs of dating, engagement, and marriage in many ways.

Modern China
The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet
In modern China after approval, “the groom’s family will start giving ‘grand gifts’ to the family of the bride” such as a payment to the family in nines (Christina “An Introduction to Modern Chinese Wedding Customs”).
Also, they went to a fortune teller to see what date the wedding should be on. They need a lucky date. One date is " 01.04.13 (this date means ‘love you forever’)" (Christina "An Introduction to Modern Chinese Wedding Customs")
In The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet the engagement is a quick exchange of vows. Romeo says, “by yonder blessed moon I vow,” which means that him and Juliet should say their love in vows before they marry (Shakespeare II.2.107).
In the fourteenth century the women would give a dowry to the groom.
In the play Juliet never gave Romeo a dowry because they had to get married quick before there parents found out.
China and the play’s dating styles are alike because women in both are allowed to go to
parties to meet men. In China young women have permission to go to dances with a male. In
The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet
Lord Capulet wants Juliet to meet people at the party. The parents in modern China and the play pick out a reliable husband.
Modern China’s engagement and the play's engagement are alike because they are both giving
something up for the significant other. In China the male gave up some money, and in the play Romeo gave up a vow and his personal opinion about their love. They gave money in the fourteenth century too, but Romeo and Juliet’s wedding was done quickly.
Modern China
The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet
In China, there are a lot of requirements for marriage.
In China, marriage is an expectation “because family is considered the most important thing in a person’s life” (“China: Dating and Marriage”).
There is an age limit that is endorsed. Men have to be twenty two and women have to be twenty when married (“China: Dating and Marriage”).
For marriage one must have consent from the government. This means that you have to get “a legal contract” “signed and recorded” (“China: Dating and Marriage”).
In the fourteenth century the marriage is in a church with a priest.
In The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet the woman that marries must be “by the age of 12”; however, one must have hit puberty at that age of twelve. (“Explain the Rules of Marriage During the Fourteenth Century.”) Juliet's father wants to wait until Juliet was ready, so he says at the age of fourteen she should be ready and hopefully more mature.
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