• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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

Extracts from this document...


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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate World Literature section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related International Baccalaureate World Literature essays

  1. Unbearable Lightness of Being

    Sabina, Tomas's lover, is an artist and most of her reactions are extreme, which means that the atmosphere may dramatically change from euphoria to a feeling of hopelessness and humiliation. In Franz's case, there is also a wide range of emotions present.

  2. A comparison of the relationship between Gregor and Grete in The Metamorphosis and Tita ...

    Gertrudis, on the other hand, found this game enticing, and she threw herself into it with the enthusiasm she always showed where rhythm, movement, or music were involved." (Esquivel, 8) This shows that unlike Rosaura, Gertrudis had a special bond with Tita.

  1. A close look at how family honor is wrecked and the lead to struggle ...

    To coincide with the darkness of it all, sex outside of marriage, a tradition that culturally is forbidden to all Spanish families creates more tension between fighting for love and carrying on family honor. Outraged even in death, Mama Elena comes back and scolds Tita for disowning her family name.

  2. Joe-Clarissa-Jed-ENDURING LOVE. Background information about the character details about family, career

    It is seriously affecting her. Joe makes it worse by not greeting her. She needs his affection, and wants him to take care of her. Their relationship seems to begin to change from this point on, as Joe becomes selfish and cannot see she is tired and in pain.

  1. Annotations for Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand

    Only two conditions racing become legal again. One, tracks had to use the pari-mutuel wagering machine instead of the bookmakers. Two, wagering would be heavily taxed. Charles Howard went on the look for the best trainer. Connections- The town of Tijuana reminds me of Las Vegas, which is also known as Sin City.

  2. The symbolism of death in Milan Kundera's, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

    philosophical idea of lightness in relation to living, which represents an absence of confinement, and freedom. However, Tereza is presented to fear death by ?scream[ing] in terror?(Kundera,18) in one of her dreams. It is through the use of the term ?terror? that Kundera is able to show Tereza?s view of death as a representation of the philosophical idea of weight.

  1. The conception of conformity and confinement in 'The sailor who fell from grace with ...

    Unlike Ryuji, it is not a mundane lifestyle that causes a shift in her identity but rather a traumatic experience. The title of the novel foreshadows this identity change.

  2. In The Wind in the Willows, author Keneth Grahame portrays each character as having ...

    Looks as if it was made by a sharp edge of something in metal" (50). After Rat attends to Mole's injury he begins to dig doggedly in an attempt to find the culprit. After Rat discovers both a door-scraper and a door-mat in the snow, he infers that they are near Badger's home.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work