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The character relationship and how it emphasises the impact the mothers have on the characters of Tita and Tereza within the two books The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera and Laura Esquivels Like Water For Chocolate

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Laura Esquivel's Like Water For Chocolate and Milan Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being are both very different novels, but within both written pieces there are similar concepts where motifs and spiritual realism are used to emphasize how character relationships influence rebelliousness. Focusing on the two protagonists and their mothers, the will of rebellion against family and family tradition is shown in both Tita and Tereza. By the authors' use of restriction and constant surveillance within the mothers of the two girls, and emphasis on constriction both have towards their children, explains the daughter's will of wanting to escape. To go in further detail, the authors' use of character impact is shown in the form of spiritual realism, in which Tita's mother reappears as an apparition, and motifs, where Tereza mother constantly appears in her dreams, again emphasizing the heaviness the two mothers impose on the two protagonists. In both novels the characters Tita and Tereza are clearly influenced by their mothers. Whilst the restriction Tita receives comes with family tradition, Tereza is forced to be equal to everyone else. ...read more.


The fact that Tereza "was occasionally upset at the sight of her mother's feature in her face" goes to show that she would always be bound by her mothers genes on the outside and because Tereza is trying to separate the body and the soul, the rebellious attitude is seen subtly. In many senses this shows that she wanted to be different from her mother, not being vulgar and "immodest" Though constantly being told that her body is indifferent to everyone else she never wanted to be the same and that is when the reader sees the signs of defiance in the action of Tereza standing in front of the mirror. Though both characters from both novels are subtle in their actions in comparison to Tereza, Tita's form of rebelliousness is seen through sewing but Esquivel also enables the reader to see it through her cooking starting out small but gradually growing to an out burst against her mother. "What passed for communication between them resumed when Mama Elena, who was inspecting the clothes each of the women had been sewing, discovered that Tita's creation, which was the most perfect, had not been basted before it was sewed. ...read more.


It shows that she is still conscious about her body though she has left her mother's home and is with Tomas and by still separating her "soul" from her "body" goes to show that her mother had a great impact on how she viewed herself even after she was separated from her. Kundera takes this in tact and uses it to help bring forth the idea of rebellion and constriction because as stated earlier Tereza was always disgusted with her physical form relating it to her mother stating that "she was occasionally upset at the sight of her mother's feature in her face" (p.39) All in all within both books the characters of Tita and Tereza are both oppressed by their mothers and by being so, rebellious attitudes to family and it's tradition start to grow and continue to throughout the two books until that bubble in which they had been trapped in is broken. The use of spiritual realism in the form of Mama Elena and motifs in which Tereza's mother appeared as a dream emphasise this and bring the reader to come up with this conclusion. ...read more.

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