This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

The Boiling Point In Like Water For Chocolate

766 words - 4 pages

Tradition is said to denote "to hand down" or "to hand over". These are the beliefs and customs passed down by parents to their children and what these children pass down to their children, stretching on to many generations until is it forgotten or lost. It is usually a way or custom the family has upheld proudly through many years, in the film Like Water for Chocolate though we see the main character of Tita being ultimately restricted by her Mama Elena's "traditions". It is her mother's reasoning that as tradition dictates Tita as the youngest in the family she shall have to remain unmarried and to care for her mother, this ultimately bars Tita from being with the man she loves and thus cause her great grief when it is her older sister that marries the man she loves. It is a completely unfair adjunct but Tita conforms to it due in part to her fear of her mother and her innate tendencies to give way to please Mama Elena. It is also because it is ...view middle of the document...

She was forced to selflessly give up on her own dreams and made to serve in the ranch instead.But even with the unfair life Tita has lived she has managed to show her strength, though it was subtle and a little erratic. Is Tita a strong female character? Yes. Yes because we saw her struggle fiercely through really large bumps in her life and still she was able to overcome them with her passion and own search for just action. She argued about the situation of Pedro marrying Rosaura and though Mother Elena had overruled her at the matter she was still able to let her opposition to the arrangement be felt through her cooking which caused the guest at Rosaura's wedding to feel ill and vomit. Her realization of the whole tradition of the youngest remaining unmarried to cater to their mother and her arguments over this also showed how she is able to think for herself and deigns to pursue her own desire and ideals and not conform to such a predicament though it should be noted that in her own situation she was unable to overcome this predicament with her mother. Making up for this, she was still able to help Ezperanza avoid the same fate by fighting and arguing relentless with her sister Rosaura which in the end Tita had the final say.Tita's character comes off as a very feminist also, but her dutifulness working in the house especially in the kitchen makes a good contrast of her being feminist, full of ideals and desire she wishes to attain, and to her conformity to being just a mere stay at home house girl(?). It actually gives an interesting perspective to both roles of the women, in one, women are strong and prominent characters. They are the said to carry the culture from generation to generation and they are able to transform people's lives with their presence. On the other hand women in this story still act as the nurturers and the one staying at home to cater to the family, to cook, clean and all such tradition women's role hold in the household. It is, I guess, a woman's ability to adapt to her situation and subtly influence people that gives women that certain charm that elevates them and develops them into stronger individual while still maintaining a nurturing aura."Like Water for Chocolate." Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia. February 14, 2008.

Other Essays On The Boiling Point In Like Water For Chocolate

How 'Roseanne', the tv show relates to the sociological aspect of women and work. I had to write this for an extra credit paper, it's not great, but it gets the point across

524 words - 3 pages Ever since I started college in the fall, I haven't really been able towatch as much television that I would like to. I have been able too catchsnippets here and there, but nothing really "in depth". One show that I usedto watch was Roseanne. Some of the things that seem natural to thecharacters on the show reflect what we have been studying all semester inthis class.Roseanne, a wife and a mother of three, is a stubborn, loud, andobnoxious

In Your Opinion, What Is Most Responsible For The Tragedy In Romeo And Juliet?

1663 words - 7 pages with the other two factor like a trinity as in if one factor was missing from this trinity then the result would be that the other two factors would have a different results on the tragedy. So from this we can deduce that all factors are dependant upon each other for responsibility of the tragedy.

In WWI, why were conditions in France in 1916 and 1917 so difficult for the Australian Imperial Force (AIF)

393 words - 2 pages The conditions in France during WW1 for the AIF were horrendous because of the stalemate in the trenches, disease, rainy conditions and new weapons of war.The stalemate and the war of attrition took a heavy toll on the troops of the AIF. There was constant enemy fire and the constant attacks and counter attacks to attempt to make ground shattered the soldier's morale and strength. The trenches also created psychological stress and broke their

Main Contributing Factors For The Success Of Hong Kong In Attracting And Sustaining New Start Companies

7203 words - 29 pages INTRODUCTIONOrganisations have a perfect 'habitat' where they will flourish and environments in which they will fail . Business type, potential customers and resources will limit the choice of suitable location . Success lies in identifying which location falls under which category. "Choosing the right location can be one of the most important business decisions that you will make" . Hall stresses location importance when searching for

Describe And Account For The Nature And Distribution Of Scandinavian Elements In English Place Names

2561 words - 11 pages . The similarity between the old English word for stone, stān and the Old Norse stein proves this point. The town of Howden provides a perfect example as it is later recorded as Heafuddæne in a charter of 959. The old Scandinavian word hofuð has been replaced by the Old English word meaning head, hēafod. Similarly the place of Rawcliffe changed to Readeclive in Durham. The Old Norse rauðr has been subistitued by Old English r

Caribbean History: Account For The Emancipation Of Slaves In Any One Caribbean Territory. Territory Choosen: French

1042 words - 5 pages beginning to disapprove of slavery. Franklin W. Knight noted that in as early as 1792, slave riots had erupted in Paris with crowds burning many sugar establishments. In 1832 the tax on manumission was removed, and the following year branding and the like of slaves were forbidden. In 1834, the French Society for the Abolition of Slavery (F.S.A.S) was established and in 1836 slaves, on arriving into France were considered free. The president of the

Gender Roles: Describe The Gender Roles In "A Rose For Emily" And "Papas Waltz" In Their Respective Stories

925 words - 4 pages on the roles deemed accurately for men and women. In "A Rose for Emily," we see the effects of socially given gender roles for a women along with the same social perception upon the male adult in the poem "My Papa's Waltz."Both show images of gender roles in their respective ways.For many generations status has been the envy and the demise of many people. William Faulkner intriguingly depicts status, society, and the role of women in his short

1.) For What Reason Did President Truman Decide To Use Atomic Weapons To End The War In The Pacific?

557 words - 3 pages . Ever since reading this book I have beeninterested in the theory of dropping the atomic bombs.Again I think Truman could have chosen a differenttactic rather than dropping the atomic bombs. One ofSadako's friends shares an interesting thought and Ifeel the same way when asked the question about Truman'sdecision to drop the atomic bombs. "I can't be silentany more. I'd like to appeal to people of the world forbanning atomic and hydrogen bombs.Atomic bombs remind meof Sadako because Sadako was very vigorous, but shedied." (http://www.sadako.org/sadakofriendletter.htm)

Explain Why The Adversary System Of Trial Is The Best System For Achieving Justice In Criminal Trials?

1168 words - 5 pages Explain why the adversary system of trial is the best system for achieving justice in criminal trials?The adversary system of trial is the best system for achieving justice in criminal trials for a number of different reasons. The use of a jury, the standard of evidence relied upon and the standard of proof, the cross-examining of witnesses and the ability to plead guilty, contribute greatly to reaching justice in the adversary system. They are

'Life did get better for many Americans in the 1930's. How far was Roosevelt responsible for this, or was it due to other factors?'

540 words - 3 pages replaced by the W.P.A. in 1935.The Works Progress Administration replaced the C.W.A. it was similar but worked on a smaller scale. It found work for writers and artists, and built 6,000 schools and 2,500 hospitals.The Public Works Administration cleared large slums in cities and replaced them with new housing. It built public works like hospitals, city halls, schools, courtrooms, sewage plant and bridges.The Welfare State was Roosevelt's guarantee that

Explain Jesus' teaching about the kingdom of god as presented in the Gospel of Mark for his first disciples

546 words - 3 pages Many Christians today live out Jesus' teachings in the modern world. For many people this proves to be difficult as they are distracted by riches. They don't carry out Gods laws and claim to be Christians. To be a good Christian, people are expected to live out Jesus' teaching and be loyal. Many Christians dedicate their lives doing Gods work by becoming priests, nuns, monks and carrying out missionary work. Priests work in churches, dedicating

Similar Papers

Science Lab Report On Finding The Boiling Point Of An Unknown Substance

494 words - 2 pages AimThe aim of this investigation is to identify the unknown solid.Hypothesis:I predict that if we can identify the unknown solid, by finding its melting point in a water bath, and match it with the periodic table.Variable:Amount of the unknown substanceHeat given to the water bathOutput:Temperature of the unknown substanceMethod:Equipment:* Bunsen burner* Tripod* Unknown solid* Beaker* Stopwatch* Boiling tube* Stand* Clamp* ThermometerFirst we

Recommendation For Recycling Water In Florida

2894 words - 12 pages since it will also satisfy the voracious appetite for water, I feel it is a viable option. The plant could be operational in 3 months upon approval of the funds. I feel this option is both economically and environmentally feasible and would like to get started as soon as possible.IntroductionWater, our most precious resource, is becoming in short demand. With water use increasing every day here in Florida, will there be enough water for everybody? We

Article: Set Up Like You Are In The 1920s............ " A Flappers Apeal To Parents"

1241 words - 5 pages why aren't they used to better advantage?" That is exactly it! And do you know who is largely responsible for all this energy being spent in the wrong directions?You! You parents, grandparents, friends, teachers, and preachers--all of you! "The war!" you cry. "It is the effect of the war!" And then you blame prohibition. Yes! Yet it is you who set the example there! But this is my point: Instead of helping us work out our problems with

This Essay Illustrates The Bondage Of Marriage To Women In The Early 20th Century. I Use Glaspell's "Trifles" To Illustrate My Point

697 words - 3 pages Symbolic Bondage"Trifles" is an extraordinary American drama. The title of this means "something of little importance or consequence." (Webster, 1374) It was written during the women's' movement for equality. The women in this selection are mocked numerous times by the men. Glaspell emphasizes through symbolic representation the life of a woman during her time, and what the movement represented. She states that a change must take place for women