Like Water For Chocolate Literary Analysis

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The Struggle for Independence: The issue of change versus tradition has been a deep, divisive issue throughout the course of history. Events such as the Mexican Revolution highlight the explosive nature of these conflicting forces. Not only are the social norms changing but the cultural attributes as well. The protagonist of the book Like Water For Chocolate, Tita, symbolizes this struggle for change and independence. Based on Mexican tradition, the youngest daughter of the family is forbidden from marriage and is required to take care of the mother until death. The author, Laura Esquivel, uses this book to investigate the social fabric of Mexican society that lead to the Mexican Revolution. Like a puppy obeying his master, Tita, terrified, followed her overbearing mother’s orders for “ in the De la Garza family, one obeyed-immediately” (Esquivel 12). Mama Elena was the authority, the initiator of “all the years of repression that had flowed over the family” (Esquivel 11). But when Pedro Muzquiz’s request for Tita’s hand in marriage was rejected out of hand, “doubts and anxieties sprang to her mind” (Esquivel 11). It stuck her that Tita “could never have even the slightest voice in the unknown forces” that controlled her life (Esquivel 11). Tita gradually aligned herself with Francisco Madero in his battle…show more content…
Countries revolt against their pernicious overseers; people rebel against theirs. Tita, after having been denied the freedom to express her love to Pedro, reconciled herself to playing with Roberto, Pedro’s son. But when even that was taken from her, she couldn’t just continue to comply with Mama Elena’s decisions and go back to work. For the first time, she refused to silently accept it. She screamed at Mama Elena that she is “sick of them [her orders]” and “sick of obeying you [Mama Elena]” (Esquivel 99). At that moment, she was finally able to stand up for what she believed in and bring justice to her

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