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How do the authors bring out the motif of repetition in Like Water for Chocolate and in Siddhartha, and what is its Effect?

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World Literature I :Top of Form How do the authors bring out the motif of repetition in Like Water for Chocolate and in Siddhartha, and what is its Effect? WORD COUNT: 1491 Actions are likely to be repeated, especially between family members and friends. In this essay I will be comparing how previous family issues and situations are somewhat repeated, sometimes with oneself or through the children/friends; that repetition helps those involved gain better understanding of how to deal with them. This could lead to making bonds with those involved in the action. In this essay, I will be comparing the novels Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel and Siddhartha by Herman Hesse. Both of these novels have similarities and differences and in addition, they were both set roughly in a similar period but were written in different times and places which could be one of the main differences of the characterization and setting of the novels. To begin, I will start talking about Like Water for Chocolate. This novel is mainly about Tita De La Garza and her mother, Mama Elena and the struggles they faced with one another. For Tita, the protagonist, they were the obstacles that kept her from fulfilling what she wanted, for instance, love and freedom. On the other hand Mama Elena, the antagonist, always wanted Tita to live to the expectations of her mother as being obeying and acting in accordance to whatever she thinks is the right thing to do. ...read more.


Tita ends up being with Pedro, whereas Mama Elena loses Jose and then commits herself full time to her marriage and family. The author might have brought out this aspect to show that Mama Elena is not as bad as the readers' think she is, but is also a caring mother in a way, by not wanting Tita to go through the pain that she went through. This could also be seen as the contrary, that Mama Elena does not want Tita to have what she, herself, could not achieve. That is one aspect that is not stated in the novel since it is in Tita's point of view, but having her grand-niece as an omniscient narrator, but more to Tita than to anyone else. Although it is ambiguous, one of the things Mama Elena did could show that she, in fact, does not want Tita to have what she could not. In the beginning of the novel, when Pedro came to ask for Tita's hand in marriage, Mama Elena refused; but instead of rejecting them completely -that is not allowing them to marry anyone from the family- she offered her eldest daughter, Rosaura. She knew that Tita loved him, but she still wanted her other daughter to marry him. She knew how much that would affect her and hurt her emotionally. On the other hand, the novel Siddhartha, which was written by Herman Hesse in 1922, is mainly about Siddhartha, the protagonist, going on a quest to search for spiritual enlightenment. ...read more.


This time, he goes to a river with the intention of drowning, and that is when he hears the 'OM' sound which finally enlightens him; and all suicidal thoughts disappear. The author could have brought this to show that one does not necessarily find what they are looking for by following a certain path but instead by exploring the different paths in order to truly find what they are looking for, which in Siddhartha's case is enlightenment. Perhaps he also brought this out so that he can show that instincts can lead to great findings or that it could lead to better harmony within oneself. In conclusion, both Siddhartha and Like Water for Chocolate contain aspects of repeated action between family members and friends. The way the authors brought out these ideas of repetition in the novels might have to do with the fact that there is metatexuality and that there are intentions behind the actions; that the reader only finds out when they are at the end of the novel. So a possible similarity that both novels have is, that in order to gain knowledge, one would need to go through the experiences and hardships of life; as Tita and Siddhartha in both novels. Also having repetition of actions from different people, helps one to see how the situation is from different perspectives as Mama Elena saw in Tita's acquaintances with Pedro and Siddhartha's former decision through his son's departure. ...read more.

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