English 090 Sec OHC
8 April 2014
Women Roles in Society
The role of women in society has been shifting over the past few decades. In the early days women were only allowed to be wives and all they had to do was cook, clean, and take care of the kids. They were not allowed to vote while men were the ones responsible to provide and pay the bills. The man always had the final decision on all household matters because he had the money. Women were treated like they were property of men, with no voice about their own fate. Feminist movements took place around the world in the 1870's with the purpose to fight for the women's rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men. Mexico was no different from the rest of the world up until The Mexican Revolution in 1910. For the first time in Mexican history, women fought alongside men for justice and freedom. The novel "Like Water for Chocolate" by Laura Esquivel takes place at that revolutionary era in Mexico and the members of the De La Garza's family, which are all female, challenge the current standards of the society at the time. Mama Elena and Tita, are strong, powerful and influential women, and even though they are opposite in terms of personality, they are both good examples of feminism. Mama Elena and Tita take the feminist roles to the extreme. The first, a very conservative mother, that is put into a position of masculine roles of the family, due to the death of her husband. She has to run the family business to provide for her family while taking care of maternal duties of educating her children. The second, Tita, a girl who is forced into a undesired situation, where due to a ancient family tradition is unable to get married. She lives a servant life up until a point where she transforms and becomes a new woman. Mama Elena is a powerful matriarch, after her husband passed away, she had to step up and be the head of the family. "I've never needed a...
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New York : Doubleday, 1992. Print
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