Feminism In "Like Water For Chocolate"

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Feminism in "Like Water for Chocolate" In a society just as in Mexico, women always had to fight to gain their rights. In "Like Water for Chocolate" by Laura Esquivel reveal traditions in Mexico such as why Tita is not allowed to marry. The author’s focus is mostly on the female characters such as Tita, the main character; Mama Elena De la Garza, her mother; Rosaura and Gertrudis, her two sisters and Nacha and Chencha, the cooker and the maid. Tita as the youngest child had a really hard life who lives under a big pressure by her mother. She was not allowed to marry the man she loved because of the traditions such as “the younger daughter’s responsibility to care of her mother until that dies.” This was the culture of their family. Mama Elena De la Garza was a harsh, cruel woman who was far-removed from the traditional mothers. She leaded her household with an iron fist, and huge power which was often cruel, even heartless. The way she controlled her children, especially Tita, was to show how to make children obey and “perfect”. After she denied Tita and her love, Pedro’s marriage she gave the chance pour man to marry Rosaura, thus breaking Tita’s heart. However, her cruelty is reinforced by forcing Tita to cook the food for this sudden wedding. "I won't have disobedience," she tells her daughter "not am I going to let you ruin your sister's wedding, with you acting like a victim. You're in charge of all the preparations starting now, and don't ever let me catch you with a single tear on your long face, do you hear?" Tita suffered as a victim under her mother’s hand which looks kind of male brutality. She is associated characteristics that are normally attributed to men rather than women; however if you try to analyse the text, it shows that all of the female characters are stronger than the males. First of all there was Tita, who- rather than Pedro- finally

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