a. Is romantic love a poor bases for marriage
b. Thesis: Morals and beliefs and financial stability are more important for a successful relationship then romantic love.
2. Same morals and beliefs
a. Evidence 1: top ten reasons for divorce, difference in priorities and expectations was listed as number ten and communication breakdown in relationship was listed as number 2
b. Evidence 2: Divorce statistics show that about 80% of marriages end due to “irreconcilable differences”
i. This includes difference of personality, difference of interest and whether there is mutual concern for the emotional needs of each other.
c. Evidence 3: Cultural and religious strains are also listed as one of the top ten reasons for listed as number 7.
d. Evidence 4: Asian husband and white wife marriages are 60% more likely to divorce than white/white marriages
3. Financial stability
a. Evidence 1: Irreconcilable difference breaks up all but 20% marriages
i. This includes financial difficulties
b. Evidence 2: In the top ten reasons for ending a marriage, marital financial issues was listed as number 4.
c. Evidence 3: correlation in the U.S. between the number of divorces in states where women and men marry young like in Oklahoma and Arkansas where half of first time brides were age 24 or younger
i. At such a young age neither these women would have just finished collage at the most before getting married. The likeliness of them having a decent paying job without having gone to collage would have been low not having a degree and being so young in the workforce
d. Evidence 4: Oklahoma ranked number 45 out of the 50 states in the U.S. and Arkansas the 48th in the U.S. states ranking’s by median household income in 2009. Arkansas has the highest about of divorce in the entire U.S. 2009 and Oklahoma was second.
a. Relate back to thesis
b. Summarize thoughts