Oppression




Oppression


In the two novels, Master Harold...and the boys and the boys, and Like Water for
Chocolate, there are many symbolic similarities. In both books there are acts where
individuals strongly oppressed, or discriminated against. Although the individuals are
being oppressed for different reasons their emotions are shattered deeply. In Athol
Fugard\'s book Master Harold and the boys, an older man is discriminated against by a
younger child only because the older man is black and the child is white. In Laura
Esquivel\'s book Like water for chocolate, a girl by the name of "Tita" is oppressed by her
own mother because of the soul reason of being the youngest child, therefore lying in her
destiny to serve her mother till death, and being unable to decide her own destiny.
However in both cases there are signs of rebellion, and protestation, even though both
novels do not end the same end the same, both Sam and Tita get their point across.

Hally is a young white boy living in Africa, it is safe to say that he was raised by a
black man by the name of Sam. Now Hally is starting to grow up and he is noticing
things which he did not notice when he was younger. He realized that where he lives
white people have certain rights over black people. Hally owns a cafe and he has got two
black men working for him, one of which is Sam. Hally walks in one morning and finds
Willie and Sam dancing, preparing for a dance contest. "Hally- Think you stand a chance.
Act your bloody age! (Hurls the rag at Willie) Cut out the nonsense now and get on with
your work. And you too, Sam. Sop fooling around " (Athol Fugard, Master Harold and
the boys 18). Hally criticizes Sam by asking him sarcastically if he really thinks that he is
good enough to win a dancing contest. Hally screams at Willie and Sam for making a
mistake, this is ironic because Willie and Sam are in their forties while Hally is not even
a teenager yet. Hally has power over Sam and Willie because of their difference in skin
color.

Tita falls deeply in love with a man by the name of Pedro. Pedro asks Tita to get
married, she would love to marry Pedro but she knows that her destiny is to take care of
her mother till death. Tita will confront her mother and ask her permission to marry the
man he loves. "If he intends to ask for your hand, tell him not to bother. He\'ll be wasting
his time and mine too. You know perfectly well that being the youngest daughter means
you have to take care of me until the day I die" (Laura Esquivel, Like Water for chocolate
10). Tita loves Pedro dearly and would love to marry him, but her mother refuses to
grant her permission because she is the youngest daughter and her task in life being to
take care of her mother till death.

Sam is like a father figure to Hally but yet he doesn\'t respect him, because of the
color of his skin. "Hally- Don\'t turn your back on me! I haven\'t finished talking (He grabs
Sam by the arm and tries to make him turn around. Sam reacts with a flash of anger"
(54). Hally does not respect Sam, he not only orders him around but becomes violent
when Sam does not listen to him. He treats Sam like a dog.

Mama Elena refuses to let her youngest daughter get married, to make the
situation worse she Pedro and his dad show up at the ranch to ask permission from mama
Elena to get married to Tita. Mama Elena refuses to approve on the marriage of her
youngest daughter. "But if you really want Pedro to get married, allow me to suggest my
daughter Rosaura, who\'s just two years older than Tits. She is one hundred percent
available, and ready for marriage" (13). Not only does mama Elena disapprove the
marriage of Pedro and Tita but she offers Rosaura, which is an older daughter.

Hally is not grateful for what Sam has done for him in life. He understands that
Sam cannot do anything to him, because he is white and Sam is black. Hally therefor
Hally takes advantage of this, by degrading Sam whenever he can. "Hally- (quietly) Sam..
(Sam stops and looks expectantly at the boy. Hally spits in his face. A