Essay on Arranged Marriage As A Type Of Marriage

1598 Words Dec 2nd, 2014 7 Pages
Arranged marriages have been practiced for hundreds of years and are even still practiced today in some cultures. Arranged marriages are usually practiced by non-western cultures in parts of the world including Africa, India, and Asia. The definition of arranged marriage is “ a type of marriage in which the families of the bride and groom negotiate an arrangement before the two parties enter into a relationship” (Kunz, 2013, P.5). The parents of the bride and groom, for numerous reasons including financial reasons, political power, and etc, usually set these types of marriages for their children with many times giving the children little say in who they get to marry. In some cultures, brides and grooms are even selected during childhood on who they will be arranged to marry, and wait until they are a more suitable age before they begin to live together. Modern attitudes and the influence of western culture have slowly changed this traditional idea, as there are an increasing number of people who refuse to be put into an arranged marriage. Many individuals feel as if they should have the choice for such long-term decisions and that only they themselves can know what is truly best for them. Also, it is becoming increasingly common for some families to not be as strict on traditional ideas of arranged marriage. Some of the more modern families will many times take into consideration what their children prefer in a suitable husband or daughter and will even call off the…

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