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Value Of Marriage Essay

Marriage Essay

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What does marriage mean? By definition, marriage is “the legal union of a man and a woman as husband and wife” (Webster’s Dictionary). Most people claim that they want their marriage to last a lifetime. Because over half of all marriages in the United States end in a divorce, most people lack the understanding of what it takes to stay married. I believe that couples should become more aware of the commitment that they are making when they enter into marriage.

Men and women should get to know one another completely before deciding to get married. Important issues such as religion, finances, career, and whether or not to have children should be discussed so that the couple can learn each other’s views regarding the…show more content…

Why did they not discuss this issue before they got married or did they think the other one would change after saying their wedding vows? Marriage is not about changing someone; instead, it is about loving your partner for his or her beliefs.

Rather than giving up and ending the marriage, many couples could save the marriage by trying to work through the problems that arise. Many people do not realize how much hard work has to be put into a marriage for it to be successful. When planning a wedding, some couples spend a lot of time preparing the vows that will be exchanged during the ceremony, but sadly the partners fail to live by the vows day after day. Scores of married couples drift apart because their hectic lives do not allow them to spend enough quality time together, which is important for a healthy marriage. Communication is also an essential factor in working through problems in a marriage.

Entering into marriage for the wrong reason usually leads to divorce. Sometimes an individual will say that he or she married for money, or he or she may claim to have married for love. Many times, lust is mistaken for love; consequently, when the passion ends so does the marriage. Some people choose to marry wealthy people solely to gain financial security, but eventually they will find that money does not lead to happiness. Others enter into marriage believing that it is a cure-all that will make

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Over the past decades, the view of marriage has been sifting. With a high divorce rate, instead of "death to us part" more newlyweds figure if the marriage can't last, the answer to their dilemma is a divorce. It is true that marriages in the 1950s lasted a lot longer, but back then divorces were considered a taboo subject. 


The 1950s

The motives behind marriages of the 1950s consists of the fact that people were expected to start off their lives right after High School. The roles of the husband and wife were simply generic – the husband, being the bread winner of the family, was expected to work and financially support the family while the wife had the stay at home duties of taking care of the children along with cleaning and cooking. Typically, it was custom for girls as young as 19 and boys as young as 21 to get married.

Back then, the divorce rates were 23 percent. Of course that did not mean all marriages in the 50s were happy. People in the 1940s and 1950s believed that divorces were regarded as a deviant behavior and a public acknowledgement of failure.


The Present

In today's marriage, both spouses have to work in order to financially support their family. The average age for people to get married are as young as 27 for men and as young as 25 for women. The motives of marriage have changed since most parents do expect their children to go to college right after high school rather than marry.

The divorce rate is 50 percent which causes some people to wonder if today's society takes marriage seriously. Along with a high divorce rate, there has been a growth of single parent families as well, since the society's views on divorce aren't as strict with it as before.      

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