In Greek culture, as well as Egyptian culture, children are very important to the family. They are raised in supportive environments and therefore, upon marriage, raise loved and cared-for children of their own. I will attempt to compare the two cultures in this paper. In Greek culture, both parents share the responsibilities of raising their child (Sutton, 2010). Relatives from both sides of the family play an active role in helping with the child’s upbringing.
Children are never hidden away, they are allowed to do whatever they want within reason as well as interact and mingle with others. Greek children attend school for at least nine years and are highly encouraged by their families to attend and do well. School is free of charge (para. 66) . Women are the primary caregivers to their children in Egyptian culture (Hopkins ;amp; Saad, 2010). As in Greek culture, all family members help in bringing up the children but the main duties fall on the mother (para. 90). Many families own buildings large enough to house many relatives (Harris, 2005, para. 1) so they are in close enough proximity to lend a helping hand when needed. Education is highly regarded for children in the Egyptian community but, because of low income, many do not get past the elementary level before having to drop out and begin working to help the family (para. 92). Both cultures hold the belief that children are blessings and do their best to raise them with love and encouragement. Education is highly regarded in both cultures but only feasible in the Greek culture. The Greek rely heavily on family. At one time, arranged marriages were the norm, but not so much in this day and age (Sutton, 2010).
Dowries are no longer legal but much still exchanges hands from parents to children upon getting married. Both sons and daughters receive equal amounts of the family’s wealth including money, housing, and land (para. 62). Most people marry in Greek culture and the divorce rate is lower than most in Europe (para. 60). Similar to the Egyptians, it is not unheard of for the elderly to move in with their adult children (para. 61). The Egyptian culture no longer has arranged marriages but all family members are involved in the decision making process of whom their daughters will marry (Hopkins & Saad, 2010).
This may cause the men to be unable to marry their first choice of bride (para. 79). Marriage is a big event in Egyptian culture and no expense is spared. One aspect of marriage in the Egyptian culture that is different from most is the fact that Egyptians do not have a formal last name as many other cultures do. The men receive a given name that is then followed by the given names of his father and his grandfather. Because of this, women rarely change their name upon becoming married (para. 83). Greek culture and Egyptian culture are similar in their family units. Both love and care for their children. Both hold education in high regard.
Both have extended families helping to raise them. Because of their closeness, they are raised to marry and have stable families of their own.
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