Therefore, Mama Elena knows to keep the two apart and threatens Tita if she ever does anything she is not supposed to. Tita is a strong female character who undergoes many challenges such as, losing the love of her life, being mistreated by her mother, and trying to not hurt her sister’s feelings. When Tita announced that Pedro would like to speak to Mama Elena about marrying her, she was lectured about their family’s tradition and in response Tita just “lowered her head, and the realization
The difference between the two mothers is how they assume these roles. Throughout Like Water for Chocolate, Mama Elena uses violence as her form of control. This isn’t surprising, though, as in the book most people, such as the soldiers in the Mexican revolution, tended to turn to violence when they couldn’t come to an agreement. This mindset is what makes Mama Elena the mother that she is to her children. In Grapes of Wrath it seems that the women look on silently, trying to read their husband’s expression while the man considers the loss.
Mama Elena – mother of Rosaura, Gerthrudis and Tita who is very controlling and strict especially to Tita; A woman who likely follow family traditions. Rosaura De La Garza – the oldest of Mama Elena’s daughter who hated the kitchen; very picky on foods; the one who eventually married Pedro. Gertrudis De La Garza – the second daughter of Mama Elena who became a general in the revolutionary and who sooner marries Juan and had born a child that is a mulatto. Nacha – De La Garza’s cook who is half -deaf; the one
They differ in appearance, personality. Alice carefully portrait the draw of the three characters ‘Dee, Mama and Maggie’. Mama, the narrator of the story, is a strong, loving mother who always think of her daughters, Dee and Maggie. Mama has lake of education. Mama dreamed about her and Dee on a television talk show and about Dee expressing gratitude to Mama for all Mama has done for her.
Tradition in Mexico as portrayed in Like Water for Chocolate means that Tita is prohibited to marry because it is her responsibility to care for her mother until she passes away, “…you have to take care of me until the day I die…” (Esquivel 9). It is evident that the culture in Esquivel’s text dictates the place and role of women. Tita’s mother, Mama Elena De la Garza is a cruel and harsh woman who is far removed from the conventional view of mothers. Mama Elena is rather portrayed as an evil parent; a twisted, tyrannical, and authoritarian, woman who enjoys using her power to destroy and demean her daughters whilst being “…merciless, killing with a single blow…” (Esquivel 47). Mama Elena keeps Tita on surveillance and impedes any chance for Tita to find love.
We read at the very beginning of this story of Consuela’s shame of being born female when the author writes, “…so they draped her in a diaper to cover her shame…” (Allende 2). This gender imbalance continues with the story of Lukas Carle and his opinion of his wife. “To Lukas Carle, his wife was an inferior being, closer to animal than to man, God’s only intelligent creation” (Allende 27). Towards the end of this story, even Eva could not understand why Melesio wanted to be a woman, when ironically she says, “I had told myself so often that it is a curse to be born a woman that I had some difficulty understanding Melesio’s struggle to become one” (Allende 212). Elvira’s words of advice, “you have to be tough, life is dogfight” (Allende
Mama Elena is forced to take on both the mother and father figure of the house. She is a mother based on the birth of her children, but she does not possess the nurturing qualities of a mother. However, she exemplifies a masculine role through ruling by fear and dominance and not
Lena Younger, otherwise known as, “Mama” is Walter and Beneatha’s mother and the head of the household. With her deceased husbands ten thousand dollar insurance check Lena bought a three thousand-dollar house with a garden where her family would be happy and hopes to save the rest of the money for Beneatha’s medical school. Lena’s dream, “ Festers like a sore” and is the only dream that somewhat comes
Of course, there were more factors involved in Esperanza’s mother’s failure to achieve success and personal satisfaction than the specific events specified in this vignette and throughout the book. The reader can assume that the lack of parental guidance and financial support definitely wilted the mom’s confidence. It is safe to infer that she was readily teased and mocked in school for her impecunious appearance, which played a substantial role in fostering a sense
Though she knows that her master has been all along a good man and a kind one, she is not able to forgive him. Like Lena Younger, she too becomes an emotional mother fiercely protective of her own flesh and blood. Hiram tries to ask her for his forgiveness and points out that he had nothing to do with