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Comparison between A Doll's House and Like Water For Chocolate

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  • Submitted: 24/11/2007
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GCSE Henrik Ibsen

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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. Pedro said to Tita in their first conversation, "I need an answer

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