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Marriage Theme in Romeo and Juliet

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Ally Tobler

on 30 April 2013

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Marriage Then vs. Now How has it changed (and remained the same) over time? By Ally Tobler Essential Questions
to Think About Were marriages just a formality back then (in Romeo and Juliet) like funerals? Has that changed?
Do arranged marriages have negative impacts? Or can they lead to lasting relationships?
Are women's feelings today taken into more consideration? Are they still viewed as objects in other cultures, marrying into money and status?
Do you think marriages lasted longer back then? Or would the divorce rates be the same if couples were allowed the option to split?
Do you think the diversity of marriage has come a long way? (For example, the fact that same-sex marriage is now allowed in some states?) Marriage in Romeo and Juliet Marriage between Romeo and Juliet was too rushed
Even Juliet knew in the beginning that they were being too rash when Romeo said they had to make promises to each other
She said to him. "Although I do joy in thee, I have no joy of this contract tonight. It is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden..." (From Act 2, Scene 2)
Eventually her love for Romeo consumes her and she is no longer patient when it comes to marrying him
They barely knew each other before they were secretly wed
Capulet and Lady Capulet forced Juliet into marriage with Paris (wanted her to marry into money and status)
Juliet wanted to get out of this arrangement, so pretended to be dead by taking potion Similarities in Marriage Now and Back Then In some countries, such as India, marriages are still arranged against the women's will (for money and status)
Some people marry too quickly before they get to know each other (like in Romeo and Juliet) which usually results in disaster
Some people marry into a family on purpose so they can officially have half of their money
In some household, men remain dominant, or the "head of the house". Differences in Marriage Most marriages are not arranged by parents
Takes a long time to get to know someone before you get married
Household roles are switched and men are not always dominant
Different kinds of marriage are beginning to appear and become accepted (same-sex marriage, for example, which is now legal in many U.S., states since 2004, and 11 countries altogether including Canada, Argentina, Spain and more)
Divorce was hardly an option back then Todays Marriage In Numbers There is a 50% divorce rate in America at the moment, and if these trends continue, about 40-50% of marriages will end in legal separation
90% of marriages in India are arranged, while 60% of marriages in the world are arranged (almost all of the marriages back then were arranged, except for the peasants who married out of love because they did not have the option to marry into money) Now and Back Then Arranged Marriages Reva Seth, author of "First Comes Marriage Then Comes Love" interviewed 300 women in arranged marriages
Indian singles have no problem trusting relatives to find a match for them
It is the key to making a relationship work
Having same values and social background, same level of intelligence and education as well as family connection creates a stable marriage
Only 5 to 7% of arranged marriages end in divorce In India Marriages In Different Cultures Indian Wedding Jewish Wedding African Wedding Hawaiian Wedding Literary Criticism Women's Status In China In the Confucian society in China, women were to hold a lower position than men
The women's only task was to become a mother and have sons (it was frowned upon to have daughters)
They were expected to be passive and to revolve around the men in the family
The character for women in Chinese is similar to the character for slave and other offensive words
These old ideas have influenced how women are treated in China today From an article titled: "Too soon marr'd": Juliet's age as a symbol in Romeo and Juliet "She is still a child, says her father, a "straunger in the world" who "hath not seene the chaunge of fourteen yeares": she should be at least 16 before she will be ready for marriage."
"Is it to emphasize the "charm of her girlish directness, the pathos of her passion", to amplify the drama of her progress from innocence to suicide..."
"Elizabethan couples married young has been challenged recently by social historians..."
".....early marriage....permanently damaged a young woman's health..." Important Points To Remember... Marriages should not be taken lightly and should not be rushed into
Symbolize a serious commitment
Aspects have remained the same, but also have changed
Huge tradition in every culture and far more than a formality to most, first bonding experience Thanks for Watching! Works Cited: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romeo_and_Juliet#Synopsis
http://abcnews.go.com/2020/story?id=6762309&page=1#.UXwjK7Stju0 (arranged marriages in India)
http://library.thinkquest.org/07aug/01579/apsara1.html (Chinese women having no rights)
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