soc of marriage- assignment #2

soc of marriage- assignment #2 - Susan Martinez June 2,...

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Susan Martinez June 2, 2009 Sociology of Marriage Reading Assignment: Section 3: Chapters 6, 7, 8 Chapter 6: 1. (Pgs. 112 – 114) How does courtly traditional love differ from that of the love depicted in the bourgeois myths? Courtly love was either one of two things; virtuous and tragic. The virtuous aspect of courtly love was portrayed in that knights would perform heroic deeds in the service of a noble lady in order to win her over. The tragic characteristic of this courtly love was that it always led to death or betrayal. For example, Romeo and Juliet, was a tragic love story in which they loved one another but could not be together because of their families, and the only way they could ever be together was in death. This traditional love had four dimensions to it. It was defined by love being a sudden and certain passion, having an idealized lover, transforming the self, but also separating individuals from society by leading them to defy social conventions in pursuit of a more personal destiny. The love in bourgeois myths was a test of individual character. Love is about individual integrity, in which they find and define themselves and are then rewarded with finding a place in the social world. For example, the story of Pamela is about a girl who resists her boss’s efforts of seduction and then is rewarded in the end by him falling in love with her because of her ability to maintain her physical integrity, and marries her instead. This type of love is a test
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of a person’s will against social forces. It is composed of love as a matter of individual integrity, unique and exclusiveness, ability to overcome obstacles being personal or social, and lastly, being enduring. 2. (Pg. 114) What does Swidler mean by “prosaic love” and what are its four dimensions? Swidler refers to the concept of real love as prosaic-realism love. She goes against what movies and love stories tell us about love being sudden and passionate and instead is often ambiguous, gradual and uncertain. Swidler lists four dimensions of prosaic-realism love. The first description of prosaic-realism is that real love is not sudden or certain, but it grows slowly and is often ambivalent, confusing, and does not require a dramatic choice but may result from circumstance, accident or inertia. The second feature of prosaic love is that there is no “one true love”. Swidler says that one can love many people in a variety of different ways, and is
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