Like Water for Chocolate

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AP World Literature 9 February 2012 Como Agua Para Chocolate “For generations not a single person in my family has ever questioned this family tradition, and no daughter of mine is going to be the one to start” (Esquivel 9). Like Water for Chocolate, written by Laura Esquivel, unveils the hidden determination of Tita De La Garza. In this Latin American tale of magic realism, the plot flows with delicious recipes, romantic yearnings and the suppressive relationship of Tita and her controlling mother. Tita’s innate ability to connect with food gives her story much flavor and relates to the many challenges of pursuing one’s desires. Tita confronts her abusive mother, she not only grows to understand her responsibilities as a daughter, but lives the excitement of chasing her ambitions as she experiences true love. Upholding tradition, Tita, the youngest daughter of the De La Garza family, is subject to the duty of caring for her mother without any opportunity to marry. Throughout the story, Tita’s opposition is expressed by her resilience and submissiveness in her relationship with Mama Elena. With her reserved right to love or find a sense of independence, Tita is compelled to conform to her traditional duty. “Are you starting with your rebelliousness again? It’s enough that you have the audacity to break the rules in your sewing” (11). Tita’s actions against her mother are often repaid in scorn or abuse. Mama Elena is aware of Tita’s plight, but is hardened with spitefulness. She does not allow Tita to gain hope for Pedro Marquiz. The injustice of allowing Tita’s older sister, Rosaura, to marry Pedro in Tita’s place is one example of Mama Elena squashing Tita’s hopes of marrying Pedro.. Although Pedro pronounces his true intent and reaffirms his love for Tita, she is still a slave to her mother’s dictating family values. It is a constant war between Mama

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