First Draft Essay

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It’s early in the evening and the sun is just beginning to set; it paints a majestic backdrop of red,orange, and hits of dark indigo. You hold their hands in yours softly as you look into their eyes and it is as though the world itself around you has disappeared. This is the one you love, the one you can only dream of spending the rest of your life with. You hold here the right to say vows that will hold you together with a promise forever. You hold the freedom to marry the one you love. But what if this wasn’t possible? What if you were forced against your will into a loveless marriage or were legally unable to marry the one you loved? In Zora Neale Hurston’s novel Their Eyes Were Watching, Huston uses her character Janie, who holds in her heart a sacred notions of love, as an illustration and voice for the people all around the world longing for the freedom and choice to marry who they love.
Back to a question asked earlier, what if it wasn’t possible for you to marry who you love? Right here in America, on the soil of freedom and equality that we stand on, many people are told the heart breaking words “you cannot get married”. Some are forced out of relationships because of family issues, other forced into unloving relationships, while for some the act of marriage is illegal. No one should hear these words. The act of marrying and loving who you choose is a right of humans beings, and here in America is part of our pursuit of happiness. Janie, from Their Eyes Were Watching God, found what she had always been searching for the moment Tea Cakes walked through the doorway of her store. Though he was much younger than here and everyone in town speculated everything about their relationship, it would have been cruel for anyone to have told her she couldn’t marry him. The years she spent married to Tea Cakes were far from perfect, but they were filled with an undoable love and happiness that can only be found between to people who love each other. In her article, A Right to Marry?, Martha Nussbaum put it this way, “[Marriage] is a key to the pursuit of happiness, something people aspire to—and keep aspiring to, again and again, even when their experience has been far from happy. To be told “You cannot get married” is thus to be excluded from one of the defining rituals of the American life cycle.” Nobody, no matter what they look, like where they are from, no matter who it is they love, should be told that they cannot be married.
An issue that is found outside of the United States that touches on this issue of marrying who you love is the issue of child brides. All around the world girls ranging from twelve to eighteen are be sold by their families and forced to marry men who are old enough to be their fathers or even grandfathers. In Nigeria alone seventy-five percent of girls under eighteen are forced into unloving marriages. “39,000 girls are forced into...

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