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Magical Realism in Like Water for Chocolate

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Magical Realism in Like Water for Chocolate Quotation: "Her body was giving off so much heat that the wooden walls began to split and burst into flame" (Esquivel 54). Significance: The quote describes Gertrudis after she has eaten Tita's quail in rose petals: feeling flustered by her arousal, she goes out to take a shower. It is clear that it is an example of magical realism, as Esquivel is exaggerating the realistic notion of arousal to the point where it is unreal and magical. She does this by describing the sexual impulse as generating so much body heat in Gertrudis that it burns the wooden shower. This element of magical realism shows the extent of Gertrudis' suppressed sexual emotions. ...read more.

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Here, Esquivel's magical depiction of the chicken fight serves as a mirror for the violent harshness of the humans' fight. They too are like the chickens, becoming fraught with frustration and emotion as they tear each other apart. Hence, Esquivel uses magical realism in this quote to exaggerate the characters' emotions and convey this through a vivid metaphor. Quotation: "The floor was shaking, the light blinked off and on... Receiving no answer, he opened the door: there he found Rosaura, her lips purple, body deflated, eyes wild, with a distant look, sighing out her last flatulent breath" (Esquivel 232-233) Significance: The quote describes the death of Rosaura. Esquivel adds magical elements to the realistic situation of death by creating a far-fetched situation in which Rosaura seems to deflate to her death, shaking the room in the process. ...read more.

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It covered the whole ranch, all three hectares" (Esquivel 245). Significance: The quote describes Tita as she hurries to keep herself warm in the wake of Pedro's death. Esquivel adds a touch of the fantastic by describing Tita's bedspread as being big enough to cover the entire ranch. This is symbolic of all the hardships Tita has experienced in her life. Whenever her aching over Pedro or bitterness against Mama Elena kept her awake at night, she worked on making the bedspread, and by making it of such incredible proportions Esquivel conveys to her readers just how much Tita has suffered. The fact that the bedspread covers the whole ranch also conveys the notion that most of Tita's life - and her troubles - have occurred on those three hectares. This emphasizes the relatively limited and isolated realm of the traditional Mexican woman's life. Choi 1 ...read more.

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