Divorce: A Literary Analysis

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Dusty rustic buildings and cracked pavements are strong evidential supports to the claim of wisdom driven individuals, that the only constant thing in this world is change. However, through curious observations, we have come to a conclusion that “love” also remained constant through time. Love existed long before man learned how to write. History books tell stories of events that conspired as a result of men and women fighting for their irrevocable feelings of love for each other. The whole world is drunk on the idea of love since the beginning of time. Even the sacred book of Christians, the Bible, narrates how the world began with man and woman filling in each other’s emptiness. Book writers and playwrights feed their readers with different…show more content…
And the problem with us humans is that we forget that. We over-do our expectations consequently leaving us unhappy and unsatisfied in the end. There are things which this lifetime could not fix. Some marriages are really in a dead end. And when that happens, people begin to seek for other ways of pleasure, ways not involving their partner. Now this is where divorce enters. “If marriages are made by mutual affection, it is only right that when that affection no longer exists they should be dissoluble by mutual consent.” (Emperor Justin, Novel 140) Even in the early Roman Times, divorce was being argued upon. And through the years, arguments on divorce being ethically correct have been going on for some time. The anti-divorce party foretells that divorce will be the beginning of the destruction of man’s moral respect for marriages. They argue that divorce will become a safety net for unhappy married couples. It will serve their exit door or plane ticket away from their commitments once they are tired of making it work. However, the other side of the coin claims that it is only human to make mistakes and one must not be chained under the decisions of their younger…show more content…
This goes well with the legalization of divorce in the Philippines because aside from faith, tradition, and obligations; people want to be happy. And as selfish as it may sound, happiness is the ultimate goal. Our society views families founded on solidarity and firm core values as one deeply rooted in highly strengthened marital relations. This is why any form of conflict in marital relations is highly discouraged, especially that our country is bounded by religious norms. Reality reveals that failure is still inevitable despite all expectations and efforts to make a marriage work. Domestic violence continues to be highly prevalent in the country and is considered to be one of the top leading causes of marital break-ups (Mohamad, 2013). Specifically, wife battery ranks the highest among the different forms of violence and abuse against women at 6,783 as stated by the Philippine National Police. 28 per cent of the violence committed against women are also said to be perpetrated by husbands (House Bill 1799, 2010). These figures, among many others, provide a clear and undeniable fact that many individuals are trapped in unhappy marriages. Consequently, this would become massive hindrances for a man and a woman to embody their rights as a human being and in turn, greatly impact their capacity to become a self-fulfilled
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