A man who isn't the father of the child
proposes to a pregnant woman in order to preserve her honour in a society with strong views on extramarital sex. Whether this is a suitable basis for a happy marriage
largely depends on the work's idealism
If it happens nowadays, the guy either has a very
strict sense of duty
or is just in love with the woman and making excuses. Also, expect his actions to be criticised
for implying that a single mother can't raise a baby alone.
to Shotgun Wedding
- In Deadwood, Ellsworth to Alma Garret, as she's bearing the child of a guy who's only (lovelessly) wed for the similarly-honorable reason of dutifully marrying the widow of his dead brother.
- Strongly implied in, of all things, Lady and the Tramp. After Tramp spends the night alone with Lady, Jock and Trusty discuss proposing to her to protect her honor.