Comparison between A Doll's House and Like Water For Chocolate
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Love Complications Love is a complicated and a confusing concept in life. True love is not only determined by the lovers, but by society too. In the works, Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel and A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen, there is at least one couple who struggles about love. In Like Water for Chocolate, Pedro and Tita's relationship is blocked by obstacles and complications, while in A Doll's House, Nora and Torvald's relationship is complicated by misunderstanding between the two characters. The Society tries to impose its rules of what true love is on the couples. Using the love relationships of their protagonists, Esquivel and Ibsen explore the effects of societal pressure on interpersonal relationships and self esteem. Experiencing one obstacle after another, Pedro and Tita are blocked from marrying and loving each other. Mama Elena, Tita's mother, refuses to let Tita get married because Tita is Mama Elena's youngest daughter. The tradition in the family is that the youngest daughter must serve her mother until the day her mother dies. Tita and Pedro experienced youthful, love at first sight.
Nora at first feels that Torvald loves her and will sacrifices himself for her if anything was to happen. At the end, after seeing the true Torvald, who is selfish, concerned only about appearances, Nora leaves. She no longer understands Torvald nor did he understand her. The female characters in both works experience an "awakening" and this awakening gives both characters a new and stronger sense of self esteem. Tita's personal awakening, when she ends Mama Elena's influence forever after chasing away Mama Elena's "ghost", results in a stronger bond with Pedro. "I'm tired of your tormenting me. Leave me in peace once and for all" (Esquivel 199). She refuses to follow what Mama Elena wants her to do. At the same moment, she finally knows what she wants and who she is. She said to Mama Elena, "I know who I am! A person who has a perfect right to live her life as she pleases. One and for all, leave me alone; I won't put up with you! I hate you, I've always hated you!"(Esquivel 199) From that moment forward, Tita did what she wants to do without anyone telling her want she may or may not do.
His selfish care about how he looks in front of people separates Torvald and Nora. The conflict released the true Torvald. Nora is willing to sacrifice her status in her community to save Torvald. She reveals to the audience that she entered into an illegal, loan relationship with Krogstad to protect Torvald's health. In the end, he did not stand up to take the blame even though it is his fault Nora had to borrow money illegally, he blames Nora. He said terrible selfish things like, "Now you have destroyed all my happiness. You have ruined all my future... I must sink to such miserable depths because of a thought less woman!" (Ibsen 62) Each author stresses personal growth over everything. This may involve rejecting society for loved ones or learning to love oneself. Nora and Tita, through their awakenings, boost their individual self esteem. Tita and Nora learn to love themselves and take control of their own life. Despite all the pressure from society, Tita still loves Pedro till the end. Nora, consequently, leaves Torvald for her own happiness. Using societal pressure, the authors demonstrated that society does have a major impact of relationships and personal self esteem. Some societal pressure separates a couple while some societal pressure ties a couple closer together than before.
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