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How is freedom attained by breaking cultural traditions and norms by certain characters in Like Water for Chocolate and Chronicle of a Death Foretold

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How is freedom attained by breaking cultural traditions and norms by certain characters in Like Water for Chocolate and Chronicle of a Death Foretold What more could a person want then to have freedom? Revenge. Only human would want to gain back their satisfaction - freedom - however, revenge is their only answer. In like 'Water for Chocolate,' written by Laura Esquivel, and 'Chronicle of a Death Foretold,' written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, we begin to understand why such beings would want to have this freedom. Tita the protagonist in Like Water for Chocolate is screaming for freedom, she wants her mother to leave her alone and she wants to marry Pedro. In Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Pedro and Pablo have been 'enforced' to carry out a duty in which to wipe out the man who has dishonored their family name, the man who has slept with their sister, Angela Vicario. In Like Water for Chocolate, Laura Esquivel describes the pain and sorrow Tita tries to break free from. ...read more.

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Gertrudis has engaged with the passion Tita was transmitting to Pedro. Gertrudis felt free once the wooden walls of the shower fell, "...and she ran out of the little enclosure just as she was, completely naked." (page 51) Her nudity symbolizes her freedom. Tita's dish was a reflection of how she wanted to be, however, it reflected on Gertrudis who unlocked herself from her cage. In December Tita has reunited with Pedro "...Tita no longer gave a damn either about what people would say when their love affair was made public." She has broken free, she is now with Pedro, her mother is dead and she got her revenge. She got her freedom. In Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Gabriel Garcia Marquez describes a burden Angela Vicario carries. The burden of being a non virgin. Pedro and Pablo, Angela's brothers, are given the opportunity to restore honor to their family. Angela Vicario was set to marry Baryado San Roman. He was the perfect description of a man. "He looked like a fairy" (page 26). ...read more.

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Angela, like Tita wishes to be free from carrying the burden of being a non virgin, however, Tita wishes to escape her mother's torture. In the Latin American books, Like Water for Chocolate, and Chronicle of a Death Foretold, the traditions are slightly similar. The women are the sufferers. Gabriel Garcia Marquez mentions in his book that "The girls had been reared to get married...the brothers were brought up to be men." In Like Water for Chocolate, the youngest child is not allowed to get married, she had to stay at home and help her mother and family. In Chronicle of a Death Foretold, becoming impure before marriage is a sin, thus honor killing has to be involved. Revenge is what a person could want more than freedom. To become free, revenge is the factor in which the characters took upon. In like 'Water for Chocolate,' written by Laura Esquivel, and 'Chronicle of a Death Foretold,' written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Tita and Angela become free towards the end, Tita dies with Pedro whilst making passionate love and Angela is free because Santiago is Dead, the honor is stored. ...read more.

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