In this fiction short story “Ines in the Kitchen”, Cristina Garcia discusses a women in the story Ines, who is a housewife and pregnant. Garcia talks mainly about the character Ines and her situation and emotions. Throughout the story Ines feels trapped and confused about life in the choices she made, she feels betrayed not in the since from someone but of herself and the expectation of being a women. The author Cristina Garcia creates themes through the use of the elements of conflict and Plot to show the main character’s situation.
The element of conflict first arises in this story on the protagonist (Ines), when the situation of how she is imprisoned and controlled by her husband Richard in numerous ways throughout the story. Ines feels trapped in the since of catering to her husband in every way possible. She feels trapped in Richard’s world, a world where his rules and guidelines is what to be expected of her. The first time it is revealed in the story is when the author Garcia states, “When her husband returns home he’ll expect her trussed up in a silk dress and pearls and wearing make-up and high heels” (Garcia 314). Ines is in conflict with the circumstance that her husband wants her to dress like royalty all the time that sounds very uncomfortable. Although she may not want to abide by his proposal, she knows that if she declines it he will be upset. Ines feelings of being confined by her husband are shown later in the story when it mentions, “Richard will question her closely about what she’s eaten that day. Ines avoids telling him about the fudge cookies she devoured that morning” (314). Ines shows how Richard watch what she eats and avoids telling him about the unhealthy food that she have eating because it doesn’t follow his rules. The author then states, “She hadn’t wanted to eat the whole box, but bringing it home was unthinkable. Richard scoured the kitchen cabinets for what he...
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