Marriage for love or for money?
Why do we get married? Is it for love or what a person offers? These are questions you might ask, and get numerous answers. During the middle ages, nobles rarely married because they were in love. It was about whom there parents liked, and what the other person offered. However do people still marry therefore these days? During the middle ages " Marriage was viewed as a command, a sacred bond, even means of personnel fulfillment." (English 1). Some even would go as far as considering marriage a way of life. This being so marriage was a thing in life that everyone was expected to accomplish in their lifetime. Another huge factor was money. An example of noble parents forcing their child to marry is the case of Agnes Stelk " who was beaten up and down the sides of her body, threatened, and terrorized by her guardian until she agreed to the marriage partner he had chosen for her." (Butler 1). During middle ages did not matter if you loved the person you married. What really mattered if your parents loved the other persons money. The parents would simply say you will learn to love them. Parents even went as far as child marriages which were "uniting of youngsters for dynastic, political, and political, and economical purposes. Parents wed them off often before puberty." (Cosman 2). On the other hand peasant girls married around 17 Peasants married for other reasons. Often because they were attracted to one another then they fell in love. Husbands had the final say in all matters. He had complete control over all their wives property by the family. Which he receives through "an agreement known as a marriage pact." (Duby 1). Even his wife was legally his property. Women were not even allowed to divorce their husbands. Until the end of the middle ages, but under certain conditions. Which was " if husbands were convicted of certain crimes or away of long period of warfare." (Resnick 1). To many people, they may say that marriage nowadays is not the same as it was during the middle ages. However the truth is there are a few similarities. Ask yourself, why do we get married? Some say for financial security, and tax purposes. Again that's for money just like the middle ages just not to the extreme. I am not saying people do not get married because they want to spend every moment with this person. Sure everyone wants to fall in love and stay in love forever, but we all want to be financially stable. Another reasons people say is to be with your one true love " to love and to cherish until death do you part." So my question was does marrying for status and money still occur? My answer is I am sure it does happen but it's not to an extreme. Its just one of those things people look for when marrying. Because who wants to marry a bum who your parents cannot stand.This is my Senior Theme please help me make it a wholee lot better i recieved a 60 on it and i need a 90 please and thank you