Tita opens up and tells Mama Elena what she really feels about her. In the Chapter October Tita gets visited by the ghost of Mama Elena and tells her “I know who I am! A person who has a perfect right to live her life as she pleases. Once and for all, leave me alone; I won’t put up with you! I hate you, I’ve always hated you!”(Esquivel pg.199).
Through Tita, Gertrudis, Mama Elena and other characters actions, it is shown that women do have a tremendous amount of power in regards to what they do. Such is shown through, feminism, gender role reversals and cultural symbols. Mama Elena displays traits of gender role reversals. Throughout the novel, Mama Elena is seen as a tyrannical figure, hindering her daughters’ lives and causing an inconvenience to those around her. However, no one seems to take into account the backstory that hangs over Mama Elena like a giant thundercloud.
Although Mama Elena is biologically a woman, she has almost identical characteristics as men do. Usually, fathers have masculine characteristics as a head of household where they are tyrannical, fearless and give strong impact on their kids. Mama Elena perfectly plays the role of masculinity as a way of being despotic and a male figure. Throughout the novel, Mama Elena’s conspicuous masculine figure is clearly portrayed as she still gives masterful influence on Tita even after her death. The author evidently shows Mama Elena’s tyrannical personality and absolute power over her daughters as Mama Elena follows the Mexican tradition where mother forces a youngest daughter to take care of her mother rest of her life.
“If Tita couldn’t marry and have children, who would take care of her when she got old?” Rosaura is the middle daughter who marries Pedro even when Tita hates it. She resembles her mother the most because of her wickedness. Gertrudis is the oldest daughter. She is very passionate. She escaped the ranch after have a strange reaction to one of Tita’s meals.
Triggers a softening of the painful past memories among the three sisters Rosuara, Tita, and Gedrutis. This was a clear effect on how Mama Elena forced her traditional family values onto them. Chunks of chocolates mixed together with a little oil and set to dry. As a symbol of the sisters resembling the repressed emotions, each had to come to terms with on their own individuality.
This caused many problems for the family as Tita’s emotions began to surface through her cooking bringing Pedro even closer to her. As time passes by many unusual circumstances begins to test the strength of Pedro’s and Tita’s love for each other. The ethical dilemma faced by Tita was whether to either follow tradition and stay by her mother’s side
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Historically, this traditional came from a Confusion philosophy in China, which the child must take care of their parents until death, and utter most, respect them. The main character in this book, is Tita. She has two older sisters named, Gertrudis and Rosaura. Their mother is Mama Elena, who is strict and cold hearted, with some signs for care of the family. But, in general, the author portrays Mama Elena as a conservative and cruel mother who treats her as not a human
For example, Tita falls in love with Pedro and asks her mom if he can ask for her hand. Instead of Mama Elena letting Pedro marry Tita she makes him marry Rosaura. Her mom knew perfectly well that Tita was madly in love with Pedro however she didn’t even bother to consider those feelings. Tita’s mom told her and later explain to Pedro why she couldn’t marry the reason was since Tita was the youngest daughter she would not be able to marry because Tita had to take care of her mom until Mama Elena died (Esquivel 10). Tita’s mom Betrayed her because she didn’t consider her own daughters feeling, and instead married Tita’s sister, Rosaura, to
When Mama gives the new to their children Beneatha and Ruth were very happy. The only person that upset is Walter. She sees how her son´s dreams have consume his soul. As result, So, Mama´s gives a big responsibility to Walter Lee. She wants that her son feel the value of responsibility, which is lost with his actions.