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One of the main aspects in the novel Like Water for Chocolate is magical realism. The author, Laura Esquivel, uses it to show the main themes

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Nathalie Hopchet Like Water for Chocolate Commentary One of the main aspects in the novel Like Water for Chocolate is magical realism. The author, Laura Esquivel, uses it to show the main themes in the novel, such as the power of food, and passion. It exaggerates the important points in the story so that they can be more easily identified. Foreshadowing can also be shown by using magical realism. Magical realism also adds humour to the novel, which would otherwise be a serious story. But most importantly, it allows for the protagonist, Tita, to express her feeling and memories through the food that is so central to her life. Magical realism can be seen throughout the novel, even at the very beginning. The start of the story shows Tita's birth in the kitchen "Tita was literally washed into this world on a great tide of tears that spilled over the edge of the table and flooded across the kitchen floor." This foreshadows all the sorrow that Tita will go through in her life, and all the tears she will cry. ...read more.

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In reality, this could never happen, but through magical realism we can see the intense longing that Tita feels, and her anger against Rosaura. It is also a fairly comical image of a woman in a wedding dress being swept away by a sea of vomit; the humour lightens up the powerful messages conveyed. Another time magical realism is used is when Tita goes out to feed the chickens just after she has had an argument with Rosaura. The chickens get into a mad fight for the food, "Soon the chickens were inescapably trapped by the force they themselves were generating in their mad chase; they couldn't break loose from that whirl of feathers, blood and dust that spun faster and faster, gathering force at every turn until it changed into a mighty tornado, destroying everything in its path". This reflects Tita's anger, as she was tearing up the tortilla she fed the chickens while she was having her argument with Rosaura. Once again, the magical realism is being conveyed through food. ...read more.

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"Suddenly the water started to feel warmer and it kept getting warmer until it began to burn her skin...Alarmed, she opened her eyes, afraid that the bathroom was on fire again, and what did she see on the other side of the planks but Pedro, watching her intently." Tita and Pedro's love has always been passionate, and heat has always been used to symbolise it ever since they first met. "It was then Tita understood how dough feels when t is plunged into boiling oil. The heat that invaded her body was so real she was afraid she would start to bubble". The magical realism conveys their passion, but also relates Tita's emotions to food, as food is the thing that she is most comfortable with. Food is also one of the recurring themes in the novel, so magical realism again helps to emphasize this. So we can see that magical realism is a powerful tool for Esquivel, it helps to convey all the main points, my making them more noticeable and more humourous. She uses it to show the emotions of the characters, and to demonstrate the themes of the novel. ...read more.

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