A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

There was a law in the city of Athens which gave to its citizen's the power of compelling their daughters to marry whomsoever they pleased; for upon a daughter's refusing to marry the man her father had chosen to be her husband but as fathers, the father was empowered by this law to cause her to be put to death; but as fathers do not often desire the death of their own daughters, even though they do happen to prove a little refractory, this law was seldom or never put in execution, though perhaps the young ladies of that city were not unfrequently threatened by their parents with the terrors of it. 

There was for instance,however, of an old man, whose name was Egeus, who actually did come before Theseus to complain that his daughter Hermia , whom he had commanded to marry Demetrius, a young man of a noble Athenian family, refused to obey him because she loved another young Athenian, named Lysander. Egeus demanded justice of Theseus and desired that this cruel law might be put in force against his daughter.

Hermia pleaded in excuse for her disobedience, that Demetrius had formerly professed love for her dear friend Helena, and that Helena loved Demetrius to distraction; but this honourable reason, which Hermia gave for not obeying her father's command, moved not the stern Egeus.

THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF THE STORY

DO YOU AGREE WITH THIS LAW? .......................................................................................................... 

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  • In an arranged marriage, love is the last thing to think about. Economic and social considerations are of the utmost importance in everybody's minds. There are many conflicts of interest in this case, between two families. So, by applying this law, we break the basic human rights: the right to live a life in liberty, freedom of opinion and expression. 

    Now, marriage is more about the union between two young people, affection and caring, not only an alliance between families or other considerations. I do not against arranged marriage. Parents are allowed to suggest, but the final decision should be taken by their children. Because who will go sailing in the ship of marriage is their children, not them.

    In my country, arranged marriage is not a law or culture. Men and women have equal rights to decide how they live their life, while parents are still allowed to give suggestions and finally of course their consent.

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