Like Water for Chocolate Essay

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Glenn McVey WLAC Ms. Goncher 3/23/2015 Everyone eats their feelings The story begins with Tita and Pedro falling in love. "She would never forget the moment their hands accidentally touched as they both slowly bent down to pick up the same tray" (18). Their romance is cursed from the start, however, because of an old family tradition, stating that the youngest daughter must remain unmarried and care for the mother as long as she lives. Pedro, unaware of the tradition, comes to the ranch to ask Mama Elena, for Tita's hand in marriage. Mama Elena tells Tita, "If he intends to ask for your hand, tell him not to bother. He’ll be wasting his time and mine, too. You know perfectly well that being the youngest daughter means you have to take care of me until the day I die" (10). When Pedro asks for Tita's hand, Mama Elena refuses and suggests that he marries Tita's older sister Rosaura. Pedro does become engaged to Rosaura, because as he tells his father when they are leaving the ranch, "When you're told there's no way you can marry the woman you love and your only hope of being near to her is to marry her sister, wouldn't you do the same?" (15). It is during Pedro and Rosaura's wedding reception that Tita's feelings first become apparent through the magic of her cooking. Mama Elena, sensing Tita's reluctance to participate in her sister's upcoming wedding, tells her, "I won't stand for disobedience... nor am I going to allow you to ruin your sister's wedding, with you acting like the victim. You're in charge of all the preparations starting now, and don't ever let me catch you with a single tear or even a long face, do you hear?" (27). At the wedding party the following day, although Tita keeps perfectly calm, her true feelings about her sister's marriage to Pedro are revealed in the guests' first bite of the Chabela wedding cake. "The moment the guests took

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