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How is Like Water for Chocolate an example of magical realism?

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brysonp0321 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 24, 2009 at 4:42 AM via web

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How is Like Water for Chocolate an example of magical realism?

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hopscotch | Teacher | (Level 1) Honors

Posted February 24, 2009 at 4:56 AM (Answer #1)

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Magical Realism is a wonderful literary device, once in which the reader is invited to use ones five senses and imagination to get the depth of the story.   It is more common in latin-american literature. Magical realism invites the reader to look at the normal surroundings and simply accept the magical elements that may occur.

Like Water for chochocolate is a good example of magical realism, because the setting and action are very mundane, completely ordinary; however, there is magic within this ordinary living.

Tita's recipes have the fantastical ability to changes people's emotions.  Ghosts (her mother) walk along the living.  Fire is one of the greatest elements of the fantastic or magical in this story. Tita's mother's ghost uses it as a revenge mechanism against Pablo. Gertrudis puts the shower in fire due to her internal lust. These are all examples of the magical within the ordinary living.

In the end Pedro and Tita's love was so immense that it consumed them in fire, this is really magical.

I hope this helps!

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