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* Papa Don't Preach * (Madonna)

* The female characters and the novels:
- Miss Havisham (Great Expecatations by Charles Dickens)
- Mrs Bennet (Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen)
- Elizabeth Bennet (Pride and Prejudice)
- Charlotte Lucas (Pride and Prejudice)
- Catherine Earnshaw (Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontė)
- Emma (Emma by Jane Austen)
* The male writer:
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
* The song:
- Papa don't preach (Madonna)
* The video clips:
- Lovely collection of images from the movie Emma. The song is called It's Gonna Be by Mandy Moore. Emma is, by the way, my favourite book by Jane Austen. The film Clueless starring Alicia Silverstone is the updated version of Emma such as The Diary of Bridget Jones is based on Pride and Prejudice.
- Film overview of the movie Clueless, containing the best scenes starring Josh and Cher (makes me wanna see it again!) to the song called Crazy by Aerosmith.

* The relationship:

There are several reasons why people, and especially WOMEN, get married... They include romantic love, money, improvement in social status or simply lust...
Each of the female characters listed above has a different conception of marriage. Undoubtedly the most pathetic figure is Miss Havisham, who after being jilted by her fiance, decided to live in seclusion and take revenge on the male sex... On the hand, perhaps the most likeable heroine is Emma, the somewhat misguided matchmaker in Jane Austen's novel.
Catherine Earnshaw, from Brontė's Wuthering Heights, marries the refined Edgar Linton because she says it would degrade her to marry Heathcliff, the man who loves her. Heathcliff decides to take revenge on those he blames for preventing him from being with Catherine.
In the song Papa Don't Preach Madonna hints at a different kind of marriage: the one that has to be arranged in a hurry to "save the family honour" because the woman is pregnant and her parents want her and the baby to be publicly respectable. This kind of marriage is humorously called a "shotgun wedding" as in cartoons the man and the woman are shown with the woman's father holding a shotgun to force the man to marry his daughter... 
* The question:

Read the following quotes:

Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same.
Oscar Wilde

How marriage ruins a man! It is as demoralizing as cigarettes, and far more expensive.
Oscar Wilde

One should always be in love. That is the reason one should never marry.
Oscar Wilde

The one charm about marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties.
Oscar Wilde


Of all these quotations, which one do you agree with most? Which one do you disagree with most?