In the two novels, Master Harold…and the boys and the boys, and Like Water for
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.
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
Act your bloody age! (Hurls the rag at Willie) Cut out the nonsense now and get on with
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
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
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.
color of his skin. “Hally- Don’t turn your back on me! I haven’t finished talking (He grabs
(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
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 long and heartfelt
groan from Willie. For a few seconds Sam doesn’t move)” (56). The worse act of
discrimination one person can possibly do to another, is spitting in one’s face. This is
Mama Elena sets up a marriage between the man that Tita loves and her sister
Roraura. Tita is extremely depressed. “I won’t stand for disobedience, Mama Elena told
victim. You’re in charge of all the preparations starting now, and don’t ever let me catch
you with a single tear or even a long face, do you hear?” (27). Not only does mama Elena
approve the marriage between Rosaura and Pedro, but she also holds Tita responsible for
the preparations of the marriage of her sister.
Hally- Think you stand a chance” (Athol Fugard, Master Harold and the boys 9).
Sam shows sign of rebellion against Hally. He is tired of being picked on and spoken
down to just because of the color of his skin. “Hally-(Pause as Hally looks for something
to say) To begin with, why don’t you also start calling me Master Harold, like Willie”
(54). Sam proves appoint to Hally and Hally does not know how to reply so he relies on
the fact that he is on a higher rank and asks Sam to call him Master Harold, instead if
Hally. This proves the power trip which Hally is going through. Sam is an old friend as
well as a father figure, and know Sam has got to put the word “Master” in front of his
name, to demonstrate to himself, Hally, and everyone else how Hally is at a higher level
than Sam. “Sam- (Quietly and very carefully) If you make me say it once, I’ll never call
you anything else again”(54). This is the only sign of rebellion that Sam shows. He lets
Hally know that he is against it, and threatens to not call him anything else. At this point
Sam realizes that Hally has grown up and changed.
what she is doing is wrong. “See what you’ve done now? You and Pedro are Shameless. If
before it’s too late. The one who should be going is you. I’m tired of your tormenting
Elena disappear forever”(199). (199). After all this time Tita finally stands up against her
mother, and puts her in her place. She chooses to fight back instead of just remaining
quiet and obeying her mom’s orders.
Throughout the novels Like Water for Chocolate, and Mater Harold…and the
after Sam protested, he was still treated the same, were as when Tita rebelled, she was set
Maybe people can learn from these novels and stop discriminating people because they
obey certain people.