Traditional Family Roles Were The Building Block With Which Franco Structured His Society?

994 WordsNov 11, 20144 Pages
Traditional family roles were the building block with which Franco structured his society. Agrarian, traditional families meant men were the providers and the family leader, and women were the necessary instruments by which men could achieve their goals of heading a family and succeeding economically to secure the societal image of success. Women, within this structure, were intentionally made to be completely dependent on their husbands or fathers until they were married. As the necessity of marriage and the laws the intertwined women’s rights in society with the control of their husbands, marriage was more or less obligatory. Beginning at the level of courtship, every step in the process of married life was strictly regimented and dictated by both tradition and law. Courtship was “highly controlled, almost ritualized, collective and highly public,” consisting of systematic meeting times and central parental involvement to select spouses. Worth within these was placed on forming unions with well respected families who would be of economic benefit, disregarding the concerns of a daughter altogether. In sequence with the courting process, there appeared an “increase in nuptiality and a lowering of the age at first marriage” that meant marriages happened at younger ages. Younger women were sought for marriage and couples married earlier altogether in order to achieve the goal of having a large family and developing an economic and social foundation for life. The standard
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