Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Modern Languages and Literatures

First Advisor

William Garcia




family model, parents, society, patriarchy


This thesis explores the decomposition of the patriarchal family model in three plays written by Mexican dramatist Jesús González Dávila. Focusing on Pastel de zarzamora, El jardín de las delicias and De la calle, the present study analyzes the roles of the adult and the youth characters. González Dávila portrays oppressive, authoritative fathers who are power hungry and need to have control over all family matters. These domineering fathers are the roots of all the problems exhibited by the youth protagonists in all three of these plays. The younger generation has been damaged by the harsh behavior of their parents, more specifically their fathers, and are all looking to escape in hopes of a better life. When considering the family unit as a representation of Mexican society, it can be said that the fathers in this patriarchal society signify the authoritative government and the youth, the future of the nation, represent where Mexico is headed. Since the future of this younger generation has been shattered, the future of Mexico as a nation is at risk. Although González Dávila wrote three stylistically different plays, each play depicts a family with a father at the center of all its problems. If Mexican society does not change and become more accepting and nurturing of youth culture, Mexico will suffer the dire consequences of a future void of the potential of a large segment of the population whose opportunities, development, and hopes were truncated by an obsolete patriarchal system.