The Radical Idea Of Marrying For Love Analysis

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In Stephanie Coontz “The Radical Idea of Marrying for Love” she expresses her opinion of what marriage is perceived as by showing that it is unrealistic with examples of the history of marriage from around the world. She goes on to point out that with George Shaw’s theory of marriage “an institution that brings together two people under the influence of the most violent, most insane, most delusive and most transient of passions” (378) is amusing and has unrealistic expectations. According to Coontz, marriage has revolutionized from being a tool of survival to a plethora of personal reasons such as happiness and fulfilment. She also points out that passionate love has played a minor role or was even discouraged in marriages in history by stating…show more content…
Whereas, the couples must love each other unconditionally and decide on choosing each other without the input of anyone else but themselves, it is assumed that “married couples should be best friends, sharing their most intimate feelings and secrets. They should express affection openly but also talk candidly about problems. And of course they should be sexually faithful to each other.” (Coontz 381) In my opinion, I do not agree with Stephanie Coontz saying George Shaw theory of marriage has unrealistic expectations even though each culture has their own interpretation of marriage. No matter what each culture is different, if they believe that having more than one wife or having cospouses it is their choice and some will stay true to the values they were raised on. Finally, Coontz brought forth if someone is not marrying for love but just for the status then what is the point of getting married. I do agree with her about this and also, the point about the media blowing the idea of happily ever after out of proportion by just believing that only true love will hold a marriage together that is false. True love can bring people together but would not keep them together, this is something that marriages cannot solely rely on it takes hard work and dedication to keep a marriage…show more content…
“The Radical Idea of Marrying for Love.” Writing and Reading Across the Curriculum. Ed. Laurence Behrens and Leonard J. Rosen. 11th Ed. Boston: Longman-Pearson,

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