The Role of Social Class and Society

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Since the beginning of time, social class and race have been paramount in society. Back in the time of caveman, roles and traditions were passed down based on gender. The man was responsible for protection and collecting food while women were responsible for cooking and keeping house. That belief has traversed time and slowly changes with each era. But throughout history, men and women have lived with preconceived notions of their duties to their families. These notions have been passed down generations and have affected how people live within their society. In the novel “Like Water for Chocolate”, social class is revered in the story of the De la Garza family. As we see through the personal journey of Tita, the main character, these distinctions are evident. Set in the time of the Mexican Revolutionary War, the De la Garza family consisted of Mama Elena and her three daughters. “The most significant, life-changing activities women carried out in the Revolution at the outset were related to their families” (Monk). The oldest daughter was Rosaura, followed by Gertrudis and then the youngest, Tita. Tita’s father had died shortly after Tita’s birth. They lived on a self-serving farm where all members were expected to help. Each female had chores that were to be completed without complaint. Even though the fictional story revolves around recipes, other gender based ideals are revealed. “These activities were no longer carried out inside four walls, causing family survival to become essential” (Monk). The first tradition mentioned in “Like Water for Chocolate” was the role of the youngest daughter as pertains to her future. These women were not allowed to marry. Their duty in their life was to care for the mother as ... ... middle of paper ... ...mentsin 1776." Map of General Washington's Battle Engagements in 1776. Web. 21 Apr. 2012. . Guidotti-Hernández, Nicole M. "National Appropriations: Yaqui Autonomu, The Centennial Of The Mexican Revolution And The Bicentennial Of The Mexican Nation." Latin Americanist 55.1 (2011): 69-92. Academic Search Complete. Web. 18 Apr. 2012. "In the Garden of Eden | Pathways." Pathways. Web. 14 Apr. 2012. . Monk, Heather Dashner. "Notes On Mexican Women Then And Now Reflections On A Revolution." Against The Current 25.4 (2010): 20-24. Academic Search Complete. Web. 14 Apr. 2012 "Nibbles - Family Stress." University of Illinois Extension-Urban Programs Resource Network. Web. 3 Apr. 2012. .

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