The Journey of Love and Marriage

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Love is such a mysterious word, and most of us don’t fully understand what love is or how it works but all of us want it and it’s the basic necessity for humans because we all want to love and be loved. Love is the greatest thing you can give to someone because it can never be bought, it can’t be forced and it’s the most valuable thing you can receive from someone. Over the years people’s view of love, marriage and family has changed over time, moreover their expectation about love in the model and marriage keeps changing from the time to time.

Today, when we want to show someone how much we love a person, marriage comes into place. Marriage is the most wonderful thing you can give to someone because you’re giving a commitment and vow to love her in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, and promise to love and honor until death do them part. The Bible defines marriage as a man and woman being united together so the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one. According to George Bernard Shaw, marriage is an institution that brings together “under the influence of the most violent, most insane, most delusive and most transient of passions” (Coontz 2009, pp 130). But in the past, people’s view of marriage is a different story. Marriage wasn’t always about love; in fact love was the last reason to get married or sometimes never part of it. According to Coontz (2009), in some culture true love was actually a contradiction to marriage, other society thought that it’s the best that love came after marriage, ancient India thought it as an antisocial act and in China view it as a threat to the extended family. Marriage in the past was a move to help satisfy their social status for the community, family and r...

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... and then the expectation of finding true love changes the basic principles of marriage that they will love each other in sickness and health, for richer and poorer, for better and for worse etc because people just want the better, the richer, and health in the marriage and doesn’t want the sickness, poorer and worse. This false expectation about marriage changes our concept of marriage. And as marriage transform over time, love became the basis for marriage and so marriage wasn’t limited to only man and woman but also to man and man or woman and woman. Overall, we are transforming into a less conservative and more liberal world and because of this marriage has changed through time, so you never know how love and marriage can transform in the future.

Works Cited
Behrens L. & Rosen L.J. (2009) Writing and Reading Across the Curriculum (3rd ed.) NY: Pearson Longman.
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