How is the character of Tita presented in the opening chapters of like water for chocolate?
“Like Water for Chocolate” by Laura Esquivel has many complex and interesting ways of presenting and developing its characters. In this essay, I will present and explain some of the ways Laura Esquivel builds the character Tita from birth to nurturing, the role of her family and predetermined paths to show Tita as an imprisoned trapped character in the early chapters of the novel.
Firstly, the opening of chapter one describes Tita’s birth, which is an immediate hint as to what Tita is to become. The quote “Tita was literally washed into this world on a great tide of tears...” Is a great representation of this for many reasons, this quote is suggesting that due to Tita’s strong sensitivity to onions she cried her way out of the womb. This is effective as it shows Tita’s bond and attachment to food from birth, giving an early hint to the connection Tita shall share with food. Furthermore, this quote refers to the idea of magical realism, as not only is it impossible for an unborn child to cry due to sensitivity to onions but the words “great tide” put great emphasis on the amount of tears shed by Tita. The word “Tide” specifically suggests a mass of water big enough to have a reckonable force behind it, which would not be possible for anyone to release, especially not newborn Tita.
Only two days into Tita’s life, she was deprived of parental nurturing as her Father had died and due to shock Mama Elena was unable to nurture her and hence started Tita’s exploration of exquisite and complex foods. This implied by “She felt she had the best chance of ‘educating the innocent child’s stomach’” this is referring to Nacha offering to nurture Tita, this is significant as it is the start of the strong bond between Nacha and Tita, connected through food. The connection made is important as it shows that Nacha is not only nurturing Tita through feeding but the bond shall...
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