Food and Literature
Food is one thing that is essential in the body of a human being and. Eating is correlated with food has been found to be connected with the social functioning of human beings. Some of the behaviors and rituals observed while eating as well as the company one chooses to foster when eating and dining has an importance when it comes to the building of good understanding among human beings in the society (Kinkead Evelyn &Lynne 246). The psychoanalytic theory in place has held the thought that the eating habits employed by an individual can be useful in self-identity as well as defining the family class and social status as well the ethnic group of a particular individual. Food and eating practices have been part of literature for such a long time. Themes related to food are found in a vast number of literature books and they have been used so as to bring about visual as well as verbal impact in the works of literature.
Teatime is the most common type of setting of food in the childrens literature works. The teatime in the childrens literature has been known to bring about a sense of harmony or disharmony. It is through the teatime that the characters in the book will get to learn about things in their surrounding environment. Food in other literature works has also been using to bring out the sense of coziness and plenty. Apart from portraying the civilization and the social order in the society food has also been used to exemplify the limitations and the excesses that exist in the fantasy world of a child.
In the adult literature food has an important role to play as well. Food in certain adult literature has been used to portray the complexities of human beings and apart from this it has also been used to bring out a sense of richness and the indefinability of the experience of human beings. Food and acting have also found importance in the dramas and plays as they bring out the realism of the drama or the play in action as eating is a significant activity. Different authors have used different foods to bring out certain meanings and themes and thus food has been important both sensually and sensory in the works of literature (Kinkead Evelyn &Lynne 242).
The dining rituals that are seen among individuals are used to exemplify human behavior and their desires. Food metaphors have been used so as to classify people based on the social class and their status in the society. In some books it has been noted that the authors made use of food to explicate the struggles that an African American had to undergo. Therefore food has been used as an indicator of the social class of individuals in the society as well as the ethnicity of an individual (Walker Renee Christopher &Jessica 888). Food has also been employed in the feminist works of literature to bring out the issues of gender. In the literature works food brings out the sense of sexual politics as well as social dislocation. The kitchen has been used to portray the marginalization of women which the feminist are trying to overcome. The feminist considers the kitchen to be a confinement place for the women but there exist other authors who view it as a woman’s domain.
In conclusion food has played a critical role in the works of literature ranging from that of the children to that of the adults as well as that of the women in the society. In one way or another food has been used to exemplify the social class ethnicity as well as the behaviors of human beings in the works in which they have been used.