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Literary Analysis

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Laura Esquivel is a Mexican author who was born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico. Not only is she an author, but she was also a kindergarten teacher. As a kindergarten teacher, she would write plays for her kindergarten students to read. One of her very first most liked story was a novel call Like Water for Chocolate. This book was so favored that it was made into an award winning film. Laura Esquivel began writing stories while she was working as a kindergarten teacher.   She went on to write children’s television programs during the 1970 and 19802s. Esquivel’s stories explore the relationship between men and women in Mexico.

In Esquivel’s favored novel, Like Water for Chocolate, Laura uses many literary devices in the story. Her devices include foreshadowing, metaphors, symbolism, imagery, and hyperbole, in order to create different moods in the story. For example, in the story, passion is apparent when foreshadowing is introduced. John tells Tita about his grandmother's theory of love and life. Tita says that "each of us is born with a box of matches inside us but we can't strike them all by ourselves.We need the breath of the person we love to light them and thus nourish our souls.” However, she warns others that lighting the matches all at once would be fatal. This process occurs at the end of the novel when Pedro's suppressed passion for Tita is finally struck, and the intense flame is too much for him to bear. It is then that he dies of a heart attack and a literal and metaphoric symbolic flame consumes her.

In conclusion, Laura Esquivel is a Mexican author who was born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico. She started writing her novels when she became a kindergarten teacher. Esquivel’s stories explore the relationship between men and women in Mexico. In her most favored novel, Like Water for Chocolate, Esquivel uses many literary devices in the story such as foreshadowing, symbolism, imagery, and hyperbole.

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