Louis Correa
Professor Figueredo
October 14 th , 2017
Marrying Absurd Analysis
In the story Marrying Absurd by Joan Didion she writes about a trip that she once took to Las Vegas. And she focuses mainly on the chapel industry, as well as how the act of getting married in Las Vegas has seemed to lose all meaning. She writes about the background of wedding ceremonies in Las Vegas, Nevada. The essay begins with a brief history of when weddings became popular in Vegas in the 60s, and how it is now sold as Vegas commodity. In the process of explaining marriage she talks about the age requirements of applicants, and hours available to receive a marriage license, which is available on holidays for an additional charge. Didion writes, " There are nineteen such weddings chapels in Las Vegas, intensely competitive, each offering better, faster, and, by implication, more sincere services than the next" . Much like everything else that she exploited in Las Vegas, the act of marriage with family present and meaning behind it, is expelled from the picture with the achievement of performing a service and collecting some money she as well wrote, " But Las Vegas seems to offer something other than "convenience"; it is merchandising "niceness," the facsimile of proper ritual." Only in Vegas can you not only find marriage 24 hours a day 7 days a week, and have Elvis perform the ceremony. She further explains how the past of a mobster-run Vegas with gambling and prostitution centers, Didion tries to show the reader's how "Absurd" the wedding industry is in Las Vegas has really become. She talks about how the wedding business of Las Vegas operates on the premise of marriage, like craps, is a game to be played when the table seems hot' Today, marriage in Las Vegas relies on its unique cultural environment to provide more than a religious. But to me what really brings meaning to someone is tradition because marriage has a certain tradition to it and throughout the essay Didion illustrates how well all tradition of marriage has seemed to disappear. Tradition to me is like a family or cultural ritual as it's different for every culture but it' s really the same .
To me tradition is like a family or cultural ritual because in every religion or culture they are usually so different but as well it's very similar. It is usually more similar than different. Much like a family gathering no matter how far or long the distance or journey is, family comes home together no matter the circumstances. Tradition as well can mean that everybody expects something to be. Like a bride who wears a red dress instead of white, going against the assumption that the bride is always dressed in white for the wedding. I feel like now a days with all the crazy stuff people do create their own traditions, For a couple of years it was a tradition for me to go to Disney during Christmas time.

Joan Didion wrote this essay in 1967, which has since become part of classic literature. 40 years later, forget about marrying absurd in Las Vegas, it is not inconceivable to see in a future not too far ahead where marrying in intself will become an absurdity. Once created to provide an order and structure within the civilizations and then institutionalized as a ritual through religious ceremonies to make everyone practice it , it is increasingly viewed as an archaic, sentimental and purposeless tradition. Just as the religious institutions are being increasingly questioned with continuing human evolution, the societal practices are challenged and discarded at an even higher rate .
Joan in the essay refers to the merchandise "niceness" provided by Las Vegas to children who do not know how else to find it, how to make the arrangements, or how to do it "right." While that might still be true, the reason for doing it "right" is now replaced by the disenchantment in doing it at all, without a truly clear purpose for having or wanting to go through the exercise. In conclusion I think Joan Didion does a good job of displaying how