Summary Response Essay Third Draft
An Ongoing Experiment: Sharing A Space
In the article “Living Together,” Brenda Neff argues for couples cohabitating before they tie the knot. Neff mentions that it is no longer taboo for couples to live together before they get married, and discusses how beneficial it can be for couples to live together before committing to marriage. According to Neff, living together has the following four advantages. First, it creates an opportunity for couples to divide household chores, as neither partner would like to be in a situation where they are the only one taking on all the household duties. Second, sharing a space can make it easy to learn your partner’s spending and saving habits, and to communicate about financial issues. Moreover, couples can get to know each other on an intimate level because sharing a space allows them to bond. Living together additionally helps couples figure out whether they are compatible or not before they marry. She talks about how financial issues in particular can be strenuous on a relationship, and may lead couples to break up. Neff also addresses the fact that there are people who are against people moving in together before marriage. She states that it’s a personal decision people make because living together can have lasting positive effects that can later solidify a marriage. The author also states while living together may be valuable for some relationships, it can also be the source of an unhappy ending for others. Even though people love each other and spend a lot of time together, the question still remains, “Can you live together?” I agree with the author’s views on living together before marriage because I am currently sharing a space with my boyfriend.
Living together before marriage helps a couple establish roles and responsibilities in the household. I am living with my boyfriend and have experienced the benefits of such an arrangement. While it wasn’t easy in the beginning with...