Marriage Research Paper

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Ian Moskowitz
Mrs. Riccardi
English IV H
30 January 2009

During the middle ages there were different expectations of marriage compared to today. Through out both there have been divorces arranged marriages and ceremonial traditions that have occurred. Each having comparisons and differences to one another. Divorce was something that been uncommon in the middle Ages the only ones who could divorce were men if their wives had committed adultery. Women on the other hand, could not divorce their husband unless he had committed numerous counts of crimes, one major crime, or was away on a long tour during warfare. For many married couples during the middle ages period, divorces were very uncommon and were not ok with the fellow towns people who would bash and chastise the divorcees, making sure they knew what in there mind was something wrong. Today “In the United States, 49% of marriages end in divorce. Although 82% of all married couples will reach their fifth wedding anniversary, only 52% will celebrate 15 years of marriage”. ( Because unlike the Middle Ages, today women have equal rights as men do. So a married couple can divorce one another for any reason they see fit. Whether it’d be lack of love, desire for another partners money, or acts or violence. The difference in ones own opinion is that today it is not looked down upon because so many people are doing it and it’s actually almost expected to happen. Even though the middle ages lacked divorce, it boomed with arranged marriages because back then the fathers of the brides would choose whom their daughters could marry. Whether it’d be to increase wealth or property, which occurred with noble or royal women. For women who were apart of the low or peasant class “the father would need to take permission from the feudal lord for the marriage to be arranged”. ( In this day and age arranges marriages are uncommon and seem...
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