The way we view marriage today differs greatly from the past. Our views and opinions on marriage and its meaning have changed considerably. Marriage is not necessarily less valued, but just viewed differently.
Traditionally, marriage has been looked upon as a primary purpose of founding and maintaining a home and family. Fifty years ago, the majority of women were dependent on their husbands to work and support them. Their role in life was to take care of the children, their husbands and maintain the home. Procreation was part of the traditional marriage. This is quite evident in “Be Fruitful and Multiply”. The wife was fully aware that when she got married, her role in life was to bear children, take care of her house and please her husband. Her life was based on procreation and there was a purpose to her marriage.
The modern marriage is based on sexual compatibility, love and romance. If the sex goes bad or the romance dies, than the couple can walk away from that marriage. How do you work out whether you are sexually compatible? Well, of course, you try before you buy! You make sure that you have a sufficient number of sexual partners to work out what you like and what you don’t like, so that when Mr. or Ms. Right comes along, you will know he or she is the one for you as soon as you sleep with him or her. Gone are the days when a woman’s virginity was saved until the wedding night and sex was something that happened only after marriage.
In “The Moslem Wife”, sex played a major role in Jack and Netta’s marriage. Because they did not have any children, sex was like recreation. Their marriage was based on love and companionship. Netta was the breadwinner while Jack spent his time winning other women. Even though this is considered a “modern marriage”, there was still some tradition to it on the part of Netta. She was the dutiful and obedient wife, cleaning up after her husband, looking the