Marriage in Ancient India and Greece Comparison Essay

Marriage in Ancient India and Greece
An analysis and comparison of the concept of marriage in Euripides' "Medea" and Kalidasa's "Sakuntala and the Ring of Recollection".
# 117499 | 2,497 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2009 | US

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The paper looks at the play "Sakuntala and the Ring of Recollection" that reveals the marriage customs in India two thousand years ago. The paper then examines the play "Medea" and explains what marriage constituted in ancient Greece and what was considered acceptable behavior on the part of women. The paper highlights the similarities in the ways that marriage is presented in both plays; in both societies young, virgin brides are prized, the families of the bride would provide her with a dowry and it was common in both cultures for arranged marriages to occur.

From the Paper:

"According to the Concise Oxford Dictionary, marriage is defined as "the formal union of a man and a woman, typically as recognized by law, by which they become husband and wife." From this rather brief description one can get a basic idea of what marriage is in today's world, but what was marriage in ancient times? In the stories, Sakuntala and the Ring of Recollection, and Medea marriage plays an important theme, but how does this idea vary in the way it is presented ion the two works? By analyzing these two stories, and the culture, customs and history of the time period and geographical region in which the tales were created, a reader can learn a great deal about an author's intentions. If we can understand the customs, practices, and even religions of ancient societies we can come to understand the reasons that some societies survived until the modern day, and why some other civilizations were destined, from the beginning, to perish."

Sample of Sources Used:

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  • Wals, John. Marriage in Ancient India The role and status of women in the Brahman caste. 11/03/2007. 03/12/2009 <>.

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