The Matriarchal Gender Roles That Define The Power Of Mother Figures

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This literary and film study will define the matriarchal gender roles that define the power of mother figures in the characters of Mama Elena and Madame Mallory through domesticated food in The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) by Lasse Hallstrom and Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel. In Esquivel’s novel, Mama Elena refuses to let her youngest daughter, Tita, marry Pedro because it the social and familial tradition of the youngest daughter to take of her mother until she dies. This form of matriarchal power is conducted through the domestication of food through mama Elena’s gender role at the top of socials standing in the family. In a similar manner, Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren) wields great power as a matriarchal figure of a famous French eatery, which seeks total control over the competition from Papa’s Indian restaurant across the street. In essence, the matriarchal gender roles of these two women define the power of food as part of social and familial hierarchies in The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) by Lasse Hallstrom and Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel. In the film, The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014), Madame Mallory is a highly competitive and successful woman that manages and owns an eatery in France. Madame Mallory’s matriarchal role in the community makes her a well-respected and revered expert on French cuisine, which is threatened when Papa (Om Puri) decides to purchase a house across the street from Madame Mallory’s eatery in order to open an Indian…

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