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Unformatted text preview: sickness and health. When they achieve this and then try to outdo each other, then theyve achieved his idea of an ideal marriage. Then he goes on to point out what can make a marriage badwhich happens when one partner becomes totally self absorbed and concerned with themselves, unable to stop themselves from thinking about what is outside their home, because they dont want to confront their partner. At this point the marriage is destroyed and he condemns the couple to one of two fates, which he talks about in this quote. Either they finally get divorced from one another or they continue on in an existence that is worse than loneliness. (last sentence) It pretty much speaks for itself, but being alone was feared among ancient people, especially women. So to say that living unhappily with a partner is worse than loneliness is a really strong statement about how necessary it was for marriage to be honest if a couple wanted to be ideal....
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- Spring '08