I am watching La Patrona and one of the things that I noticed about my telenovela within the first episode was how all of the characters act exactly like stereotypical men and women act, besides the protagonists. The female protagonist differs from traditional stereotypes dramatically. Gabriela is a single mother who works in a mine, which basically means that she is doing the exact opposite of what everyone else expects a woman her age to be doing. In the first episode alone, Gabriela suffers almost constant abuse because of how she is living her life. For example, in the very first scene her ideas to improve the mine get ignored because of her gender and she is then touched inappropriately by a male miner. Alejandro, the male protagonist, also deviates from the behavior of the other men on the show. While all of the other men are loud and obnoxious drunks, Alejandro is quiet and calm. Multiple events take place within the first thirty minutes or so of the first episode where the protagonists are placed side by side with these stereotypical characters and I think the main purpose for having these foils is to help the audience understand who the protagonists are as quickly as possible. For example, at the funeral all of the single women besides Gabriela are busy trying to throw themselves at eligible bachelors while she is only there to grieve. Another example would be when a man in a bar begins to grope Gabriela despite her protests until Alejandro steps in and fights the man and his buddies alongside Gabriela. Both of these encounters and multiple others really help the audience understand these characters well enough so that the audience can become heavily invested in them and want to tune in for the next episode.