Tita Character Analysis
Tita De La Garza is the protagonist of the novel “Like Water For Chocolate” by Laura Esquivel. Tita is portrayed as an extremely passionate young lady. Tita’s character experiences two extremes of emotions. These are despair and loneliness, comparing joy, which for Tita include lust and love.
Tita is displayed as a very sad and lonely character throughout the novel as her love towards Pedro is forbidden. In the first chapter the reader is informed that Tita is “so sensitive to onions” and “would just cry and cry”. Already Tita’s character is connected with tears and crying. This foreshadows her character to be one who will endure pain and suffering. Tita’s character is also associated with cold images such as “icy feeling(s) of grief” and “sensation(s) of cold”. These further suggest Tita to be a person who lacks joy in her life. An occurring emotion Tita feels with sadness is also the sense of loneliness. She often feels a “hollow sensation in her stomach”. This feeling of emptiness combined with the “icy” sensations conveys a sense of great loss and uncontrollable sorrow. Tita starts to knit a bedspread in order to try and “free herself from that cold” however, this would not happen, “not that night, nor…for as long as she lived”. This implies that although she is trying to find a means of comforting herself and “free herself” from her loneliness, she is unable to, as the sorrow is set too deep within her soul. As long as she cannot be with Pedro, her sorrow and loneliness cannot be conquered. A further example of Tita’s longing and despair with out Pedro is after Gertrudis ran away and Tita is described to be feeling “so lost and lonely” and that “one last chilli…left on the platter…couldn’t feel any worse than she did”. This further portrays her sense of loneliness. The metaphor of the chilli being left after all the other chillies had been eating, suggests that Tita feels unwanted and almost rejected. This continues to convey...
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