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					                    Gender Roles in “The Tortilla Curtain”

p.24, ll.15-18: Cándido imagines América care for his wounds
                the woman is the one to care for her husband;
               qualities of softness, nursery skills, etc. as female characetristics


p.25, ll. 42: América has once had a “sewing job”
                typical job for women


p.25, ll.58-60: América is separated from Cándido for the first time
                the wife cannot be separated from her husband, cannot be on her own,
               wife’s dependecy on husband


p.26, ll.12: América worries about “snakes and spiders”
                fear of insects is often associated with women


p. 26, ll.27-28: América wants to drink the water, but needs Cándido‟s assurance that the
               water is safe to drink
                wife’s dependency on husband


p. 26, ll.32-37: América thinks Cándido is drunk
                he obviously got drunk before, otherwise it would not be
                  her first guess;
                  drinking to cope with problems: a commonly male attribute


p. 28, ll.25-42: América wants Cándido to see a doctor, but he doesn‟t want to
                he does not want to show weakness/ vulnerability
                he doesn’t listen to his wife‟s anxiety (even though he knows she is right)


p.30. l.19:    “América “sobbed her heart out”
                while Cándido does not want anyone to see his pain and anxiety, América is
               „allowed‟ to cry because she is a female


p. 30, ll.14-15: The first thing Cándido asks his wife after his fever is gone is whether there
              are any beans left
               she is responsible for cooking (see also page 27, l. 59)


p. 30, ll.21-23: Cándido describes América
               describes her as his wife and mother of his children. He probably does not
                 see her as his equal partner but only in the role of a wife and mother.


p. 31, ll.55/56: “But if he couldn‟t work how would they eat?”
               Cándido considers himself as the natural provider for his family; he
                 doesn‟t even consider the possibility of América finding work.


p. 31-35,    : América wants to find a job, Cándido tries to forbid her to do so.
  ll.57-49      he cannot stand the thought that he can’t feed his wife. He thinks he
                  himself, being the man, has to work and that if his wife works for their
                   food this will shake his “manhood” and his pride.

				
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