What's Love Got To Do With It Summary

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The article, “What’s Love Got to Do with It,” by Stephanie Coontz discusses the history of marriage from Paleolithic times. The article main focus was to inform its readers on the how marriage in early history was arranged for child bearing or someone’s economic gain. People where mostly out looking for someone who could take care of them or get them property, not love. Love was not something you seen often in the 1970s, and for the people who were in love they were seen as being insane and having a disorder. This article interested me because I found it funny that for thousands of years’ no one believed that people should marry for love. The article title is, “What’s Love Got to Do with It,” to me love has everything to do with it. I would never marry someone for money, that would not make me truly happy. The article also interested me because the ideal that if someone married for love they were insane. Being head over hills in love with some was a sickness to the ancient Greeks and I know if I was born around that time period, I would be viewed as insane. Why was it so wrong for someone to find a partner to love and want to marry? I must say, I am glad that that view of…show more content…
Stephanie Coontz mentions in the article, “Marriage was far too vital an economic and political institution to be entered into solely on the basis of something as irrational as love, and too important to be left to the whims of two young people” (33). It was said that if love was only based off love, what was to happen if two people out of love. Where they supposed to go find someone else to love? It took over 150 years for the ideal of marriage to be seen a s normal and a model that people would want to follow. Males where then seen as the bread-winners in the household, while women’s roles stayed inside the

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