World Literature Paper - 1 Davicino Alana Davicino D1082-036 Commack High School World Literature Paper Word Count 1404 Effects of Poor Parenting in

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1                                                                                                                                    Davicino Alana Davicino D1082-036 Commack High School World Literature Paper Word Count: 1404 Effects of Poor Parenting in Like Water for Chocolate and A Doll’s House Even if children come from homes that had dissimilar parenting techniques, a thread of common behavior can be observed in their actions. A shared experience among many people is that of rebellion. If every human has different experiences that make up their own unique perspective, it is curious why so many react in the same way to demonstrate their frustration at what they feel is a constricting parenting style. The novel Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel and Henrik Ibsen’s play A Doll’s House both illustrate the negative effects of poor parenting and guidance. Although set in societies a half a world and one hundred years apart from each other, rebellion and destruction of relationships are common themes in the lives of people who have been compromised by the actions of their parents. Adults who had parents who were belittling and controlling to them as children are unable to lead independent, stable lives. From the beginning of Like Water for Chocolate , Mama Elena is portrayed as a cruel, unfeeling woman. She lashes out abusively to her three daughters for the smallest and simplest of offenses. Mama Elena strictly enforces the rule that her opinion is the
2 only one that matters, which prohibits any response or discussion from the other members of the household: she once tells Tita “You don’t have an opinion, and that’s all I want to hear about it” (Esquivel 11). This restriction emotionally scars Tita and her sisters by making it difficult for them to lead their lives the way they would like – to follow their dreams, to marry for love, and make healthy life choices. Mama Elena also physically reprimands her children with unbridled force. She blames Tita for the food poisoning of the guests at Rosaura and Pedro’s wedding, and gives her “a tremendous hiding […] like no beating before or since. She spent two weeks in bed recovering from her bruises” (Esquivel 41). Clearly the girls were beaten throughout the course of their lives, no matter

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