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From hard working fathers to bad selfish mothers, "Those Winter Sundays" and Like Water For chocolate feature two different characters. In "those Winter Sundays", Robert Hayden's brilliant word choice embraces the father's character as a hardworking man providing for his family. On the other hand, Laura Esquivel's word choice in Like Water For Chocolate portrays Mama Elena as a selfish malevolent character who has never learned the true meaning of family. In "Those Winter Sundays" and Like Water For Chocolate various examples of diction used by both Hayden and Esquivel, lead the reader to conclude that the father and Mama Elena differ from one another. To begin, the word choice, used by both authors, makes it evident that the father lives a harsher lifestyle compared to that of Mama Elena's. By the descriptive words spoken by his son to describe his father, one can conclude that he is a hard labor worker. "Sundays too my father got up early...then with his cracked hands that ached from labor in weekday..." ...read more.


Overall when it comes to comparing both father and Mama, it is very evident that the father is more vulnerable then Mama Elena. In addition, the examples of diction throughout story, makes it clear to the reader that Mama Elena's personality is bad compared to the father's. The father is known as a hard worker, based on the description and reactions given by his son, therefore he must be stressed often. "...I would rise and dress, fearing the chronic angers of that house" (Hayden 8-9). The son is letting the reader known about his fears in regards some angers in the house, perhaps his father's. Hayden's word choice such as "chronic angers" lets the reader know about the father's continuous angers, which were probably caused by massive amounts of stress. Knowing the father is a labor worker, the probability of stress increases since his family expects a lot from him. Isn't a mother supposed to care for her family as well? ...read more.


Being manipulative was one thing, but being physically abusive really proves Mama Elena to be a bad parent. In the mean time, the father tries to do his best to provide for his family. "Speaking indifferently to him, who had driven out the cold and polished my good shoes as well..." (Hayden 11-13). Hayden's descriptive diction in regards of the father's attempts to make life for his family easier emphasizes the understanding of the father's character. Although he didn't spent much time with his son, he was always stressed and tired, he at least made the effort to make a difference in his family's lives. Conclusively, Like Water For Chocolate and "Those Winter Sundays" have entirely different characters. Through the evidence provided in both the story and the poem, the reader can conclude immediately the difference in both of the main characters, the father and Mama Elena. This is clear and strongly sustained by evidence from both authors, Hayden and Esquivel. From their lifestyles backgrounds and personalities, to their action towards everyone surrounding them, both characters share significant amount of differences between them. ?? ?? Andres Contreras Per. 2 Literature Differences ...read more.

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