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Like Water for Chocolate:
Introduction to the novel: Family Traditions, Magical Realism, and Structure
- Family traditions or Family tradition, also called Family culture, is defined as aggregate of attitudes, ideas and ideals, and environment, which a person inherits from his/her parents and ancestors.
- What large family tradition do we learn about in Chapter one?
- How does it affect Tita and her family?
Magical Realism: "My most important problem was destroying the lines of demarcation that separates what seems real from what seems fantastic." - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- A chiefly literary style or genre originating in Latin America that combines fantastic or dreamlike elements with realism.
- A narrative technique that blurs the distinction between fantasy and reality. It is characterized by an equal acceptance of the ordinary and the extraordinary. Magic realism fuses (1) lyrical and, at times, fantastic writing with (2) an examination of the character of human existence and (3) an implicit criticism of society, particularly the elite.
- Magical Realism was made famous in the literary world by: Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Isabel Allende, and other Latin authors.
- It is especially prevalent in Latin American Literature
- The term magical realism was coined around 1924 or 1925 by a German art critic named Franz Roh what he called magical realism was simply painting where real forms are combined in a way that does not conform to daily reality.
- In magical realism we find the transformation of the common and the everyday into the awesome and the unreal. It is predominantly an art of surprises. Time exists in a kind of timeless fluidity and the unreal happens as part of reality.
“Tita was literally washed into this world on a great tide of tears that spilled over the edge of the table and flooded across the kitchen floor” (p.6).
- Significance: The quote describes an occurrence of childbirth. The author has combined the reality of childbirth with the fantasy of a baby being washed into the world on a large body of water. The deeper meaning of the quote is that Tita is born prematurely due to a sensitivity to onions which foreshadows the pain she will endure in life. An aesthetic image is created by contrasting the strong, sharp smell and taste of an onion instead of stating that Mama Elena will be cruel to Tita because she did not want her. While Mama Elena in her treatment of Tita could easily be compared to the step-mother in Cinderella, the author has used magical realism to show the cruelness in a unique way.
- Twelve “monthly installments with recipes, romances, and Home remedies”.
- Each chapter is divided by month and begins with ingredients and a recipe.
- Told from the POV of Tita’s great-niece.
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To introduce the novel.