The Union Of A Man And A Woman

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According to Oxford Dictionaries, marriage is “the legally or formally recognized union of a man and a woman as partners in a relationship” (Definition of Marriage in English). Many cultures across the globe have their own unique viewpoint on how the union of marriage should be arranged. In Moliere’s play Tartuffe, marriages are organized by the father of the bride, otherwise known as an arranged marriage. Orgon, to his daughter’s bewilderment, arranged a marriage between both her and Tartuffe. This surprise arrangement left Mariane, his daughter, in tears, Dorine in utter disgust, and the rest of the characters in significant disbelief. Tartuffe’s viewpoint on marriage and the effect it has on the characters really show what life is like in cultures around the world that share the same characteristics as the one in this play. Since ancient times, partners have been arranged for marriage by their families with little to no say so. Arranged marriages are defined as “a marriage that is arranged by the parents of the man and woman getting married, instead of the man and woman choosing to marry each other” (Arranged Marriage American English Definition and Synonyms | Macmillan Dictionary). Arranged marriages have existed for thousands and thousands of years. Without any control or sanctioned opinion, pairs are forced to give their full consent of marriage to whomever the family choses. This is identical to the case that we see in Moliere’s Tartuffe. Orgon, breaking a promise…

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