Choice vs. Tradition, marriages.

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In some traditional Indian societies, marriages are arranged by parents or families. In some cases, the couple does not see each other until the day of their wedding. In others, they can date with chaperones a few times, with the knowledge that they are getting married. Some couples are allowed to meet alone and get to know each other before the marriage. But it all leads to a lifetime spent with an individual chosen by other people. It can go very well and lead to a loving family- where the wife is has choices, such as whether or not she wants to work, or where they live- or go horribly wrong, where the wife can become a servant or prisoner to her husband. Indian society is quick to reject divorced, separated or abandoned women. If a woman went home because of a disastrous marriage, her parents' status in society would be shattered.

Their pride and honor, which is of most importance, would be abolished and they would be made social rejects. Most Indian women have no choice but to endure their arranged marriages if they take a turn for the worst.

The custom of arranged marriages in India has remained the most respected form of marriage. Approximately 95 percent of all marriages in India are arranged. Many Indians insist that arranged marriages are more successful than marriages in the Western culture, especially because of our society's high divorce rates. (Krishnan, 1996). But one is left to wonder, if divorce was respected in Indian culture, would their divorce rate be just as high? Then again, the fact that divorce is disregarded could force a mutual respect that our society does not understand. Another argument given by many Indians is that romantic love does not necessarily lead to a good marriage...