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In the book Like Water for Chocolate women have the most control on the ranch Men like Pedro play a big part but women play a bigger part because the book is based mostly on how certain events affect their emotions Even the issue between Tita and Pedro is described from the womens point of view Another good example is after Mama Elenas death her presence was enough to inspire terrorEsquival 159 This goes to show how much impact the women have on the ranch including the cooking and cleaning without which the men could not survive Though women take the lead in running the ranch men also play a big part this is seen when they go into town to find a doctor to help with Robertos birth Even though one of the women Tita delivered the baby had the men not come back with a doctor to check up on Roberto and Rosauras health after the birth a lot could have gone wrong Of course a lot also has to do with the simple aspect that theres usually need for a man to protect the household You need a man to protect the house Esquival 80 Without many men on the ranch its very important that the women learn to be self-sufficient Tita began breast-feeding a baby that wasnt hers even though she had never given birth herself which demonstrates that point The women have to dump heavy buckets of water into a tub in order to bathe The poor thing climbed up and down ten times carrying buckets of water Esquival 54 castrate roosters cook large meals and clean up aferward Its easy to see that life was an ongoing struggle for the women of the ranch Seeing as Mama Elena was the head of the ranch as well as a woman that gave even more power to the other girls She was always making sure they did what they
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