Marrying Absurb

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In “Marrying Absurd,“ Joan Didion describes her feelings toward Las Vegas thorugh her description of “quickie” Las Vegas marriages. Even though she never says her feelings towards marriages directly, Didion conveys her feeling of contempt toward them through her descriptions and tone. She starts out by first describing the reason for the increase in Las Vegas marriages. Due to a Presidential Order that said that August 26, 1965 will be the last day in which a man can improve his draft status by getting married. In Las Vegas the requirements for marriage are minimal at best. All that is needed is for the bride to swear she is eighteen, the groom to be twenty- one or have parental permission, and five dollars for a license. Didion goes on to describe how Las Vegas marriages have taken away the special meaning a marriage and a wedding ritual has on a person. She first quotes the comments of a justice of the peace who got weddings down to five minutes a couple, turning an intimate moment into a task that should be done as soon as possible. She then describes the advertising that a p Continue...


Velasco 3 Didion's descriptions of the advertisements that Las Vegas chapels use to lure potential customers is another way that Joan Didion conveys her feelings towards Las Vegas marriages. Brennan makes it seem like that Las Vegas has weddings that hold a torch to a traditional wedding, but his first comment shows how Vegas weddings are really like. She then exclaims that "it was just as nice as I hoped and dreamed it would be!" Through this description, Didion shows that Las Vegas weddings create a veil of illusion over the participants. Though Didion's thesis might not be immediately evident, through her descriptions of her observations, Didion shows that Las Vegas weddings is not a respectable way to get married. She believes that Las Vegas weddings are tacky and tasteless. Brennan makes a wedding seem like a task that must be done as soon as possible instead of a joyous occasion that is supposed to last forever. By contrasting the chapels' advertising to any other service advertised like sauna baths and payroll checking cashing, Didion makes Las Vegas weddings something that are done on impulse. Each offering "better and faster service, making Velasco 2 a marriage as special as any other service a hotel gives. erson sees as they enter The Strip for Las Vegas marriages. Didion first shows her feelings toward Las Vegas and Las Vegas marriages through the quotes of justice of the peace Mr. Didion then contrasts the traditional wedding, the is image of a large gathering of friends and family celebrating the joyous event as they witness the groom and the bride, in her beautiful dress, pledge their love for each other, with the her description of the pregnant bride who considered the Las Vegas wedding with a reception at a cocktail bar ".