Of Marriage and Single Life Critical Summary

Of   Marriage and Single Life  Critical analysis Summary

Of marriage and single life essay throws lights on advantages and disadvantages of marriage life ,like others essay Bacon also treats  this essay with very core handed .As we know that marriage is powerful passion in a respectable society but he takes it with light hearted way .In this essay he adopts the approach of worldly wisdom ,his real motive behind that essay is only avail opportunity by that relation .He does not provide any ethical theory  in this essay , he simply unveils the secrets of marriage life and single life. He also suggests that marriage can be got at any age , it gives us benefits that is under below ;-

“Wives are  young  men’s  mistress , companion for middle age , and old men’s nurses”.

Above statement is clear cut prove that marriage can be adopted at any time , it is not an white elephant for a man.

He starts his essay with this lines;-

“He hath wife and children hath given hostages to  fortune ;  for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief.”

Critical Analysis :-

Above lines state that a man who has wife and children , he is nothing but a prisoner in jail of happy marriage life , he cannot do so anything which is fillful with risks and loses, he has to follow the rule of married life . As we know that in a single life man usually becomes free from responsibilities and he can do anything which  he likes , here, we remind the poem” All the World  a Stage” written by  “ Shakspears in this poem the forth stage describes like that feeling , in this stage he becomes a solider and for bubble fame he puts his life in the hand of death just for the sake of fame  but in marriage life this scenario would be changed .On other hand a married man will not admit any enterprise in which he may suffer loss .That is meaning he can not take any risks .

For they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief.”

A family man cannot take part any activity either publically or privately, he has to take precautions in this way .Even though he hesitates to take part in any activities either nobles or mischief. Here means that a man cannot take part in political field in Bacon’s time political field was considered a very high place in society .As we know that in political field a man creates   conspiracy   against his opponent, a married person focus primarily on his family.

“Certainly  the  best works, and of greatest merit for the public  , have proceeded from the unmarried or children or childless men both in affection and means , have married  and endowed the public.”


In critical sense , a man who has no children and wife , he is the best friend of society because his child is society , his wife is society , he works for society , these qualities are deprived  from married person

‘Yet it were great reason that those that have children should have greatest care of future times; unto which they know they must transmit their dearest pledges.’

because he always thinks over his family first , his topmost  priority mostly refers for his family , he all the time is bother for future rather than present because in future his children will live. It is not so suspiring that  a married person takes bribe because he has a large family that has been depended on him .On the contrary of it a single man does not any more ambitious , he lives for other ,therefore, he  has no dependants in his life.

 “Nay, there are some other that account wife and children but as bills of charges. Nay more, there are some foolish rich covetous men, that take a pride in having no children, because they may be thought so much the richer.”

Of   Marriage and Single Life   Critical  analysis Summary 15-to 20 lines

Of Marriage and Single Life Critical Summary:-

Some people who have no mind as well as heart they  consider that if they get marry , they will be poor because marriage and children are waste of money .Children are responsibilities for them that is why they avoided the marriage .Bacon says that actually , they are foolish and are living in fool’s paradise .Their thoughts are ridiculous us , they think that their wealth will be less if they got married, it is a disadvantage of married life and it is worldly wisdom , live for himself not for others .

“But the most ordinary cause of a single life is liberty, especially in certain self-pleasing and humorous minds, which are so sensible of every restraint, as they will go near to think their girdles and garters to be bonds and shackles.”

A single prefers to unmarried life because in unmarried life he has very much liberty ,actually a wandering or irresponsible person does not live in shackles and chain , he wants to live a care free life that is impossible in married life that is why he wishes for remain single .FOR MORE RELATED ASSIGNMENTS CLICK HERE

“Unmarried men are best friends, best masters, best servants; but not always best subjects; for they are light to run away; and almost all fugitives are of that condition. “

It is said that a single man proves to be good friend , good master, good servant because he is single a d he has no any responsibility on  him but this notion is not correct forever.

 “A single life doth well with churchmen; for charity will hardly water the ground where it must first fill a pool.”

A single life is very much beneficial for the priest or we say that a priest should be avoid the marriage relationship .It is usually considered that a priest’s duty is to help the poor people .A real priest has a feeling of charity , sympathy , compassion ,etc. If a priest gets marriage then his first priority will be his family .It means that he never ever gives any charity to needy people.

 “For soldiers, I find the generals commonly in their hortatives put men in mind of their wives and children; and I think the despising of marriage amongst the Turks maketh the vulgar soldier more base.”

Those people have marriage , they fight  better than those do not have marriage. They know that very well if they do not fight with planning then others nations can make prisons their families .In many speeches the comrades and generals reminds them their families are waiting for you on their homes. It is said that the Turks did not get marriage and they proved to be very vulgar than others in wars .The idea of marriage not only  have effect on the solders but also on universe.

“Certainly wife and children are a kind of discipline of humanity; and single men, though they may be many times more charitable, because their means are less exhaust, yet, on the other side, they are more cruel and hardhearted (good to make severe inquisitors), because their tenderness is not so oft called upon.”

In critical sense, a single man is more charitable than married person because he has no more expenses for his family or children and wife and children make cause of discipline in society due to them in society, we see peace and comfort .On the other hand they prove to be cruel, because they are empty by their from tenders feelings, they don’t have any love passion,  sympathy , compassion ,kindness, etc .These things and emotions come up due to children and wife .

 “Grave natures, led by custom, and therefore constant, are commonly loving husbands, as was said of Ulysses, vetulam suam prætulit immortalitati [he preferred his old wife to immortality].”

With critical approach , Bacon here gives us reference from Greek mythology , a character Ulysses, he as a great warrior  and had been fought very much wars . Once upon a time he was wandering then he met enchantress Calypso. She narrated that he would make him immortal if he would be stay with her but he refused to this offer because he wanted to live with her wife Penelope.


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