Marriage Is a Private Affair

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There have been many controversies about marriage and its traditions. Our world is changing and people are learning about different cultures and freedoms. Many cultures have arranged marriages but nowadays marriage is becoming more of the individual’s choice in whom they marry. This change in tradition causes many conflicts within the family as well as the culture group and raises questions of tradition and independence. A great example of marriage and its meaning to different people is the story by Chinua Achebe, “Marriage is a Private Affair.” Every person has a different outlook on marriage. To some it’s a choice, but to others it’s a tradition.  Naemeka grew up where tradition played a very important role in the way of life, because of this reason it was taken for granted that he would do as his people did in the past. His father expected him to follow the traditional rules of living. But when Naemeka got older he moved to a city and into a completely different culture. Leaving his home town he still knew what was expected of him but he disregarded those feelings. He knew that choosing a bride for him was the job of his father and yet he got engaged all on his own. So, yes i think that marriage is a private affair and the decision should be left on the person who wants to marry. relatives and parents keep interfering and it becomes a clash between the two generations. their children dont have the liberty of choosing their own life partner and have to bear with the choice of their parents or relatives. i myself think that marriage is a private affair and it is only about what the person who is to get married wants and not about what his relatives or parents want....
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