what does "keeping my end of the bargain"mean?

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Jenny Lau

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I can't understand the meaning of this sentence:As far as I was concerned, I was keeping my end of the bargain.
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Men were providers. They went out and earned a decent living for their families. I’d learned that early on from my father, who’d worked two jobs to support a wife and five children. Life hadn’t been easy for Dad, but he was a survivor: tough, resilient. He taught me to be the same way. Of course my brothers and sister and I always knew Dad loved us, although he never came out and said it. Hugs and kisses and I love you’s were Mom’s job.
I got married and became a father myself, and held down a good job as a bookkeeper. As far as I was concerned, I was keeping my end of the bargain. Yet despite my being a good provider, my marriage failed. The next time around was no different: My second marriage ended in divorce too. Life wasn’t always easy, I figured. A man had to be strong, and learn to stand on his own two feet. In time I felt a sense of pride that I could make it by myself. I didn’t really need anybody.
 

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It means, he though he was a good provider; he believed that was all he needed to do to have a successful marriage.

The bargain: the husband earns money for the family, the wife takes care of the husband and the children.
 

Jenny Lau

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Thank u, Casiopea.I understand the meaning of the sentence now, but I'm still not clear about the verb phrase "keep my end of". What does "keep one's end of" mean? I can't find its usage in the dictionary, could you give me more example to explain it ? Thank you very much!
 

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"keep one's end of (the bargain)" means to "keep one's (part of)(side of)" the bargain. It means to do what you agreed to do.
 
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