Critical Analysis Like Water for Chocolate

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An oppressed soul finds means to escape through the preparation of food in the novel, Like Water for Chocolate, "A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies," published in 1989, written by Laura Esquivel. The story is set in revolutionary Mexico at the turn of the century. Tita, the young heroine, is living on her family's ranch with her two older sisters, her overbearing mother, and Nacha, the family cook. At a very tender age, Tita is instilled with a deep love for food "for Tita, the joy of living was wrapped up in the delights of food" (7, Esquivel). The sudden death of Tita's father, left Tita's mother's unable to nurse the infant Tita due to shock and grief. Therefore Nacha, "who [knows] everything about cooking" (6, Esquivel) offers to assume the responsibility of feeding and caring for the young Tita. "From that day on, Tita's domain was the kitchen" (7, Esquivel) Throughout the novel, food is used as a constant metaphor for the intense feelings and emotions Tita is forced to conceal. Laura Esquivel uses magical realism, symbolism and conflict to postulate the idea that family tradition can hinder love but love surpasses any obstacles. Upon the birth of Tita, her mother flooded the kitchen table and floor when her water broke. The fluid had turned to salt and had to be swept up off the floor. This type of thing happening in the real world is not going to happen. The fluid turning into the salt was definitely a magical realism element. The mysteries of cooking are treated in Like Water for Chocolate. The magical realism has the definition of being magical and unreal. The love that Tita had for her sister's husband upon their marriage and throughout the time of their marriage lives. Tita's love never changed. It was the magical way Tita felt in her heart about the man she loved and the way she kept quiet to keep her mother happy, and not to hurt her sister's feelings about the love she had for Pedro. Love is magical any way...
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