Every human creates a status for themselves which influences the roles they carry out. A status can simply be interpreted as a social position that somebody claims, and a role regards the behaviors that the status influences. Statuses and roles have evolved throughout history but some have remained as a consistent pattern. Marriage is an example of a consistent pattern found in the history of humans, which creates a new status for a couple. The status that someone attains when they become married entices specific behaviors to maintain a level of integrity. The book Middlesex by JefferyEugenides, includes a story that drastically changes the roles and status of two people.
This story displays how cultures differ, and what a specific married couple do in order to avoid deviance. The married couple were originally third cousins and were raised practically as brother and sister. In the village they were raised, it wasn’t abnormal to marry a third cousin, and it was accepted by their society/culture. However, the couple decides to leave their village in attempt to avoid a war coming their way, right after they confessed their love for one another. When they left their village they ended up as refugees and took drastic measures to forget their genetic connection by avoiding each other whenever possible. “But it wasn’t the other travelers they were trying to fool; it was themselves” (Jeffery Eugenides 68). The couple were going to a new land were society perceived their relationship as a deviant behavior, so they practically made new identities. They attained new statuses and roles when they married, and manipulated their life stories to be accepted into a new culture. It is common for values and beliefs to vary throughout cultures and sometimes it forces people adapt by any means.