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The novel "Like Water for Chocolate" written by Laura Esquivel is a historical piece of South-American literature which is parallel to the Mexican Revolution which took place at the start of the twentieth century

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Koett, Daniel English 11 Ms. Galang Essay Sep. 1, 05 The novel "Like Water for Chocolate" written by Laura Esquivel is a historical piece of South-American literature which is parallel to the Mexican Revolution which took place at the start of the twentieth century. The De La Garza family in the novel emphasizes certain similarities with the things going on during the Mexican Revolution, especially with the people in the lower rank. One important structural device used in the novel is the use of recipes which is found in each chapter and sets the overall mood and atmosphere for that particular chapter, the mood or feelings of Tita. This mood found in each chapter can be reflected to the feelings that people felt during the revolution. Tita represents the people in the lower class and recipes are the different leaders during the revolutions. This therefore means that people had different feelings as they were under different leaders from time to time, just like Tita's recipes. Tita's hand-made cookbook, which was passed down to the narrator via Esperanza, calls the attention to the personalization of historical discourage concerning the Mexican Revolution. ...read more.

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They didn't care about the people in the lower rank just like Rosaura didn't care about Tita. Gertrudis, who is the middle daughter, is the only one in the family who was probably so desperate for freedom that she ran away from her family, ignoring the tradition of Mama. Elena. She also participated in the revolution as she was married to a soldier in the novel. Again, this could be the people who were participating during the revolution in order to change certain things which will benefit the society. Tita, the youngest daughter and the one who is closely involved in the tradition of Mama Elena, is fighting against her limitations caused by Mama Elena. She's also a very hard working person and takes care of her mother. Tita therefore represents those people during the Mexican revolution who were struggling for freedom and more rights. These people also served the ones who were more superior, in the novel it's Mama Elena, but still they were treated with less respect. Another reflection could be when Pedro was taken away from Tita by Rosaura. ...read more.

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John could stand for those revolutionaries who tried to achieve the same thing as the others but more calmly and thoughtfully. One of the main characters in the novel who is also the antagonist is Mama Elena. She is closely related to Profirio Diaz because they share the same dictator-like behavior, especially towards Tita. When Mama Elena dies, it still has an effect on Tita because she appears again as a ghost, meaning that even after she's dead Mama Elena still tries to pursue her tradition. It is similar to the death of Diaz because his death didn't stop the suffering od the people but instead it continued even if some things became better. All in all, Laura Esquivel showed a lot of parallels between her novel and the Mexican Revolution. Most of the materials in the novel seemed to have only one meaning, but after reading and comparing the novel with the actual Mexican Revolution, it became clear that almost every single character in the novel had their own role during the revolution. Even the kitchen and recipes can be parallel in some ways which makes this novel a very historical piece of literature which contains lots of truth about what life was like during the revolution. Sources: http://www.horschamp.qc.ca/new_offscreen/water_chocolate.html ...read more.

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