The irony of Tita and Clara’s means of refuge in Like Water for Chocolate and House of the Spirits
As humans we have had different methods of coping with pain and sorrow. Some find happiness in alcohol, sex, or by partying while others simply find joy in writing, drawing, through cooking, or by singing. Whatever the case maybe, we escape to a place, a place of comfort where no one can hurt us. However, a few rare exceptions may occur where our sanctuary, the place where we may find sacred, ends up causing us the greatest amount of misery. Tita in Like Water For Chocolate by Laura Esquivel and Clara in House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende are the epitome of how their means of refuge has caused them hurt. I am going to demonstrate the irony of Tita’s submission in food, as well as the irony of Clara’s isolation with the spirits. Neither a stab in the heart or death can be as harmful to a person as to hear terrible news in a place of refuge. Throughout Tita’s childhood, she never experiences feelings of melancholy while she cooks. From birth, she develops a deep love for the kitchen and knows that only when she is cooking will she be able to experience the delights of life. Although the kitchen and all the joys within it had only brought her happiness for as long as she could remember, this rapidly changes when Tita discovers that Pedro will marry Rosaura while making Christmas rolls. The fact that she is told about their wedding while she bakes is ironic because the kitchen has been a place of comfort for her for such a long time, but it is in this exact place where she is now experiencing the greatest amount of pain. Esquivel’s decision to illustrate this shows that the things we love hurts us the most since Tita is in the kitchen is where she emotionally dies. “[As] Tita [finished] wrapping the next day’s rolls, Mama Elena came into the kitchen and informed them that she had agreed to Pedro’s marriage-to Rosaura.” With this, one can interpret that the only...
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