Like Water for Chocolate Discussion Question
1. Why do Tita’s emotions get transferred into her cooking?
The reason Tita’s emotions transfers into her cooking is because it is the only way she can express herself. Living under her over bearing mother’s rules leaves her with little freedom to do what she wishes. As the youngest child she must obey and attend to her mother until the day she dies. Because of this role, Tita has never been able to express her own opinions especially when it contradicted her mothers. The only time Tita has been able to express herself is when she cooks. Having no restrictions, Tita pours her heart and soul into her cooking. For her, cooking is a creative outlet that allows her to maintain some form of stability.
On one occasion Pedro, whom Tita loves, gives her a bouquet of roses. Mama Elena did not approve of this act and sent Pedro away. While clutching the roses so hard to her chest that blood trickles onto the pedals, Tita decides to make a special meal out of them. The excitement and forbidden love she feels for Pedro becomes incorporated into the meal. When the family eat the meal they begin to experience similar feeling of lust and love that Tita had while she prepared it. “It was as if a strange alchemical process had dissolved her entire being in the rose pedal sauces, in the tender flesh of the quails, in the wine, in every one of the meal’s aromas. That was the way she entered Pedro’s body, hot, voluptuous, perfumes, totally sensuous.” Tita realizes that through cooking she can communicate and express her true feelings.” Pedro didn’t offer any resistance. He let Tita penetrate to the farthest corners of his being, and all the while they couldn’t take their eyes off each other.” (Esquirel 54).
2. Why do the ghost of Nacha and Mama Elena appear to Tita?
The ghosts of both women appear to Tita in critical times in her life for different reasons. When Nacha appears to Tita it is because she needs her comfort...