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Like Water for Chocolate Analysis

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Introduction

-Book: Like water for chocolate by Laura Esquivel -Theme: Complications of romance and family traditions. Everyone can love and be loved. -Point of View: Third Person -Setting: Mexico -Protagonist: Tita, round, dynamic: strives for love and freedom -Antagonist: Mama Elena, round, static: prime opposition to the fulfillment of Tita's goals -Plot: Like water for chocolate recalls a year in the life of Tita de la Garza. She is the youngest of a family living in Mexico. In each chapter, we learn of her struggle to pursue true love, and to claim her independence. Each chapter begins with a recipe, and the following chapter is dependent on that recipe. Tita's lover, Pedro asks for her hand in marriage, but since she is the youngest, according to her family tradition upheld by her tyrannical mother, she must stay and serve her until she dies. So instead, Pedro marries her older sister Rosaura to get closer to Tita. Soon after, Rosaura gives birth to Roberto, whom Tita takes care of. ...read more.

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In this case, the oxygen, for example, would come from the breath of the person you love; the candle could be any kind of food, music, caress, word, or sound that engenders the explosion that lights one of the matches. For a moment we are dazzled by an intense emotion. A pleasant warmth grows within us, fading slowly as time goes by, until a new explosion comes along to revive it. Each person has to discover what will set off those explosions in order to live, since the combustion that occurs when one of them is ignited is what nourishes the soul. . .You must of course take care to light the matches one at a time. If a powerful emotion should ignite them all at once they would produce a splendor so dazzling that it would illuminate far beyond what we can normally see; and then a brilliant tunnel would appear before our eyes, revealing the path we forgot the moment we were born, and summoning us to regain the divine origin we had lost. ...read more.

Conclusion

Another symbolic thing is Rosaura's death. Her stomach enlarges, becomes painfully unbearable, and balloons; this symbolizes her discontent and hate towards Pedro and Tita's relationship that builds up. Another symbolic representative is pregnancy. Tita entered the world in flooding tears and wailing, which symbolizes her destiny, knowing all her life that she would be locked by the mother she despises, and she would lead a sad, troubled life. If pregnancy, the womb represented destiny, then another item would be Tita's false pregnancy. At one point, Tita experiences false pregnancy as a curse from her dead mother, due to her love with Pedro. Her stomach grows, and stops having her periods. Her womb bears no child, and an empty womb represents the unborn child. It is a symbol of her destiny: that her destiny does not hold children in the future. Her womb hides nothing, which in fact means it is nothing, thus, meaning it is hiding empty space, an empty destiny. -Question: -Does your book give you an insight on the book, and is it symbolic? -What I don't understand: -What does the title mean? ...read more.

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