Essay on The Real Meaning of Marriage

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Picture your parents choosing the person you had to be married to. Many years

ago arranged marriages were a huge part of the African and Chinese culture. This

caused much tension between parents and their children. The practicing of arranged

marriages were lost over time. This caused parents to feel betrayed by their

children, when they married whom they desired. In the two stories “Marriage is a

Private Affair” and “Love Must Not Be Forgotten,” the main characters face

challenges’ involving their arranged marriages.

In “Marriage is a Private Affair,” Nnaemeka, the son of Okeke, falls in love with a

woman named Nene, who was not his suitor. (The person his father picked for him)

Okeke felt betrayed because of his
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Picture your parents choosing the person you had to be married to. Many years

ago arranged marriages were a huge part of the African and Chinese culture. This

caused much tension between parents and their children. The practicing of arranged

marriages were lost over time. This caused parents to feel betrayed by their

children, when they married whom they desired. In the two stories “Marriage is a

Private Affair” and “Love Must Not Be Forgotten,” the main characters face

challenges’ involving their arranged marriages.

In “Marriage is a Private Affair,” Nnaemeka, the son of Okeke, falls in love with a

woman named Nene, who was not his suitor. (The person his father picked for him)

Okeke felt betrayed because of his son’s decision to marry Nene. Nnaemeka tried

explaining to his father all the qualities Nene had, but Okeke didn’t want to hear it.

Throughout the story Okeke refused to have a relationship with Nnaemeka because

of his decision to marry whom he wanted. Okeke described his son’s actions’ by

saying, “I will not be another Mrs. Ochuba. If my son wants to kill himself, let him do

it with his own hands. It is not for me to help him.” Because Nnaemeka did not have

communication with his father he sent his father a picture of his and Nene’s

wedding day picture. Okeke sent back a letter telling Nnaemeka how disrespectful it

was to send him a picture of himself and Nene together. He cut the picture in two

sending back the part with

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