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What do I think are the advantages and disadvantages of arranged marriages?

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What do I think are the advantages and disadvantages of arranged marriages? Marriage is the union of one man and one woman. It is the basis of forming a family. Most of us believe that the sole reason for a marriage is love of a man and a woman. However, not all marriages are love marriages, and a marriage may not be even decided by the couple marrying. And this is arranged marriage. An arranged marriage is a marriage in which the marital partners are chosen by others based on considerations other than the pre-existing mutual attraction of the partners. Parents, relatives and elders could choose the marriage and the marital couple do not have not the right to decide for themselves. This type of marriage is fairly rare among the people I know, but it has its disadvantages and even two advantages. ...read more.


For example, if Romeo's marriage were to be arranged, he would never be paired with Juliet due to the animosity between their families. However, Romeo and Juliet chose love, and their union ended up in tragedy. Therefore, arranged marriage eliminates problems pertaining the families of the couple. Arranged marriage has numerous disadvantages as well. Its philosophies clash with modern emphasis on liberty, freedom of choice and human rights. In an arranged marriage, the marital couple has no rights in choosing who they want to live with for the rest of their lives. The worst disadvantage of arranged marriage is that the couple marrying each other does not know each other before marriage. In my opinion, to marry a person one has never been in a relationship with is definitely a terrible experience. Especially for the woman, as she has put up with all that the marriage enforces on her, such as housework, filial duties to the elders in the family and more. ...read more.


It could be to the advantages of the people arranging the marriage. Arranged marriages are common means to bring two businesses, two political leaders etc. closer. Arranged marriages could also be for financial gains. In the case of Chi Chiao in "The Golden Cangue", she was "sacrificed" as she was forced to marry the bed-ridden second master of the Chiang family. Her brother married her off for money, leaving Chi Chiao to suffer ridicules and discrimination in the Chiang family, eventually driving her mad. In conclusion, both love marriages and arranged marriages are present in the world, some cultures and religions prefer one to the other. Coming from an agnostic background and a modern society, to me, the disadvantages of arranged marriage seem to outweigh the advantages. However, looking at the issue pessimistically, there are so much involved in a marriage that a supposed "good start" may or may not promise a happily ever after. On the other hand, if the couple get along well and fall in love after marriage, an arranged marriage could be perfect as well. Tong Peiyuan ...read more.

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