Mankind has had better moments! Arranged Marriage has not by any means raised simple questions regarding marriage, society and life itself. Neither does it provide us with simple solutions to improve our nations. Instead, Divakaruni?s ?marriage accounts? has given us essential principles about the importance of marriage and how one can find happiness. Not for the sole purpose of learning about Indian history, but also for the intention of finding a balance between traditional beliefs and the new culture immigrants face in the United States. Arranged Marriage is defined as marriage between a man and a woman, arranged by the couple?s parents and/or relatives based on traditions and strong family ties. It has been compared with Companionate Marriage in which the man and the woman freely choose to marry based on love and companionship. Divakaruni?s ?marriage accounts? show the effect traditional values have on families as they move to the United States where individual freedom is practiced. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni raises four themes, which challenge the Indian tradition as families try to find their identity in a new culture.
I couldn?t stand it, the stares and whispers of the women, down in the marketplace; the loneliness of being without
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