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The outline is included and the essay is sort of short Marriage is the legal union of a man and woman as husband and wifeEncarta Encyclopedia 1998 usually entered into in order to have children Although marriage customs vary greatly from one culture to another the importance of the institution is universally acknowledged An arranged marriage is coupling initiated by the parents of the bride and groom This form of marriage 8230has been accepted almost every where in the world throughout history Arranged marriages today are found mainly in the Eastern part of the world but a few examples can still be found in the Western hemisphere Arranged marriages which have been accepted almost everywhere throughout history eventually ceased to predominate in Western Societies8230 making romantic marriages the most common institution Even so in the United States 8230certain betrothal customs persist The most popular of which is the giving of an engagement ring as a token of the promise to wed Arranged and romantic marriages are very different to say the least but there are a few similarities that are easily looked over mostly because theyre so blaringly obvious One of which is that both forms of the institution of marriage were formed for the sake of continuing the human race Marriage as a whole is the only institution under which a couple is to participate in a sexual relationship and therefore the only appropriate way to produce children Another similarity between the two types of marriage is the ceremony that takes place to mark the beginning of the marriage relationship hence the modern wedding ceremony Even with their similarities they have a great many differences For example in an arranged marriage love is almost never a consideration when the parents are planning to marry off a child and the dating process really stinks In contrast romantic marriages are almost completely based on attraction and love and the dating process can really rock
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