Analysis Of Like Water For Chocolate By Laura Esquivel

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“Like Water for Chocolate,” by Laura Esquivel, demonstrates that each family goes through trials and tribulations through the traditional roles each member of the family plays. This novel expresses the life, struggles, and the ups and downs for a Mexican family. She explains much disappointment brought upon each family member, most typically from an untraditional daughter, Gertrudis. A young daughter that has a strong will to be not like the typical Mexican girls that follow the shadow of her husband. Three main points that Esquivel touches base upon deal with the part women play in the Revolutionary War, a Mexican marriage, and life from an untraditional child all from a woman. Like Water for Chocolate expresses the dependency…show more content…
In Like Water for Chocolate Esquivel takes traditional situations and adds magical elements, completely exaggerating otherwise normal scenarios with fantastic details. When the wedding guests become ill after eating the wedding cake, they vomit in quantities to cover the patio in a river. Tita and Pedro's final lovemaking is passionate and intense; it starts an explosive blaze that is viewed from miles away as fireworks. The magical realm is most evident in Tita's kitchen. There, Tita, who has never been pregnant, is able to nurse her nephew. She also develops the ability to cook emotions into her dishes. Sadness is cooked into a wedding cake, uncontrollable passion results from eating a dish with rose petals, fiery anger is magically transferred into chiles. All Tita's emotions are infused into her dishes, and those she feeds experience magical results. Each of Esquivel's chapters begins with a recipe and concludes with an ingredient having slightly changed to alter the dish, filling it with magical powers. Tita's tears also have magical qualities. Before she is born, she cries in the womb when onions are being cut. When she is born on the kitchen table, she cries sufficient tears that when dried, the tears are swept up to fill a ten-pound sack. While recovering at Dr. Brown's, Tita grieves so violently that her tears run down the stairs in a torrent. A major theme within Like Water for Chocolate concerns struggles for power. A contest for authority develops very early in the novel when Mamá Elena forces Tita to become her caregiver. Later in the novel, Rosaura becomes jealous of Tita and marries Pedro to flaunt power over Tita. Eventually Tita becomes more powerful than both these women by doing

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