The Recipe for a Happy Marriage

635 WordsJan 28, 20183 Pages
America is the land of the free and home of the brave. As American citizens, we enjoy exercising our liberties and fighting for what we believe in. This includes freedom in regards to romance, love, and marriage. Yet, sometimes our cultural backgrounds and family interfere with our given liberties. Movies, and other forms of artistic expression, often point out societal flaws and bring to light underlying issues. Comedic expression is a popular way to get across serious points, because the audience is more receptive to humor and happiness than anger and sadness. It is just like the old adage “you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.” This is why we see big issues of politics, materialism, environmentalism, and so forth taken to the screen to reach a larger audience. For example, the movie Supersize Me successfully brought attention to the negative health and environmental impact of fast food chains. Even though the movies It Happened One Night and My Big Fat Greek Wedding are decades apart, they both bring attention to the underlying concerns for how young people meet and fall in love. Cultural background, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status are factors in determining a socially acceptable couple. This can unfortunately perpetuate racism through endogamy. Endogamy requires people to marry within their own group. In America, we are a melting pot of cultures, and sometimes cultures will demand their members marry only members of the same background. In My Big Fat
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