Why Is Divorce Acceptable in Society?

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Mary Kirkland
Professor Tate-Owens
English 1020
23 February 2010
Why is Divorce Acceptable in Society?
Divorce is something that has become more common in today’s civilization. It’s happening all over the world but mostly in the United States of America. Most marriages that have fail in the last 5 years have not succeeded have resulted in divorce. In earlier periods in life divorce was considered shocking and terrible, whereas in today’s world it’s accepted. Divorce has become acceptable in society for numerous reasons and will continue to be accepted. Though, many think divorce is frowned upon, it’s more acceptable in society because the images portrayed by the media, the morals of marriage have changed and because it’s no firm divorce requirements.

To begin, divorce is accepted more in our society today because what is portrayed in the media. In today’s world whatever trends are set by the media is what our society follows. Television shows that come on television don’t portray the happy American family anymore. Most shows such as ABC Family Make It or Break It portrays single parent homes due to divorce and families that end in divorce. A better example is Tyler Perry’s House of Payne; the sitcom is supposed to be family oriented but it portrays something different. The sitcom once portrayed a healthy family but then to follow the trend set for society they decided to make the family break apart by divorce. The irony in the sitcom is that it promotes family but at the same time they promote divorce. In the past television use to be a household family activity that promoted marriage, family and other morals, but now it has become an advocate that supports divorce.

In addition, to the trends set by the media, divorce is more acceptable in society because the morals behind marriage have changed. In the past marriage was something people took seriously because of their religion or because it meant a lot to them; whereas now days’ people are allowed to...
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