Like Water For Chocolate Cultural Analysis

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A Kindred Circus “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife” (Austen, Pride and Prejudice). That is the first line from my favorite novel, Pride and Prejudice, written by Jane Austen in 1813. From their experiences with family and friends, Jane Austen and other great writers such as Steinbeck and Thackeray cultivated subtle analysis of contemporary life and love by virtue of depictions of all classes and their cultures. Laura Esquivel’s novel, Like Water for Chocolate, portrays another analysis of family tradition and love in 19th century Mexican culture. These cultural distinctions and their repercussions can draw the reader into identity comparison with the novel’s heroes and heroines. Tita, the heroine of Like Water for Chocolate, and Elizabeth, the heroine…show more content…
Rendering to the customs of England and Mexico in the early 19th century and the traditions of upper class families, these daughters are destined to marry any gainfully profitable young gentleman. Preeminent family members customarily arrange their marriages and this established practice is universal. Tita’s mother Elena arranges for her second oldest daughter, Rosaura, to marry Tita’s love, Pedro. “But if you really want Pedro to get married, allow me to suggest my daughter Rosaura…..She is one hundred percent available, and ready for marriage…” (pg 13) says Elena in Like Water for Chocolate. Elizabeth’s marriage to the pastor, Mr. Collins, is cancelled, even though it is in the planning stages by her mother, Mrs. Bennett. “My reasons for marrying are…that it is in particular advice and recommendation of the very noble lady whom I have the honor of calling patroness” (pg 138) said Mr. Collins. Arranged marriages today, the 21st Century, are more subtle and more as a “suggestion” by the preeminent family members. My grandmother had an arranged marriage. It was during the Great
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