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DRAFT #1 Ian Judd English 2150 Essay Prof. Miller Marriage Marriage is a huge commitment on both sides of the relationship. When a marriage involves a man and a woman, both the man and the woman must make the relationship work. A good marriage needs many aspects to function properly. Some of these include communication and honesty. There is one thing however that is even more important than those, and that is the motivation of both partners to want a healthy relationship. In C.S. Lewis’ essay, “We Have No 'Right to Happiness”, he describes the role of happiness in regards to the commitment of marriage. Lewis begins his essay with a hypothetical situation between two couples. The gist of the scenario is that one man leaves his wife for a woman, who in turn leaves her husband. C.S. Lewis uses this as an example of how we do not have a right to be happy as much as we have a right to commitment. He feels this way regardless of the feelings of the people involved in the relationship. His hypothetical example shows this perfectly. If one person in the relationship is unhappy, or tired of the relationship, them there is no way that it will continue successfully. If a marriage is not working out, the two people involved, should not be forced into being together. In Ibsen’s play, “A Doll’s House”, the main relationship is between Nora and Torvald. With no love between two people, a relationship would never begin. Two people meet, they
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become friends, and soon after that romance comes into play. Even though the basis of Nora and Torvald's relationship seemed to be anchored by love, the required balance was not achieved. Torvald did not actually love Nora, to him she was simply an extra child to control and care for. He said, “And I wouldn't want you to be any different from what you are-just my sweet little song bird. But now I come to think of it, you look rather-rather-how shall I put it? -rather as if you've been up to mischief today” (). Referring to his wife with such names as “skylark”,
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