Like Water for Chocolate

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Like Water for Chocolate

In Like Water for Chocolate, Mama Elena's ghost represents traditional family roles, expectations to fill those roles, and the guilt and shame that someone can be burdened with when that person...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2019, 6:53 pm (UTC)

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Tita grows up in the kitchen with her nanny (Nacha), where her recipes take on a life of their own and mirror her emotions regarding her forbidden love of Pedro. Unfortunately for the star-crossed...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2018, 2:15 am (UTC)

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The title is a simile for Tita's passion for Pedro. Her love for him is as hot as water needs to be to melt chocolate. Don't think of the powdered mixes we use but a chocolate bar. When Pedro...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2008, 9:09 am (UTC)

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Tradition in Like Water for Chocolate is, in many ways, the story's antagonist. Although Tita's mother is the person who primarily enforces the traditions, creating obstacles for Tita, it's the...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2019, 5:45 pm (UTC)

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Fire represents heat in this novel and heat symbolizes love and passion. The title, "Like Water for Chocolate" refers to the fact that water must be boiled (heated to a very high temperature)...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2010, 5:27 am (UTC)

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Esquivel builds a fairytale mood that expresses the variable and most often passionate emotions of the novel's main character, Tita de la Garza. One literary device she employs is what writer Chuck...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2019, 1:35 am (UTC)

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In the novel Like Water for Chocolate, author Laura Esquivel develops the food motif through the protagonist Tita, who was born in the kitchen and even raised in the kitchen when her mother left...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2015, 12:47 am (UTC)

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The narrator in Like Water for Chocolate is an unnamed but presumably female distant niece of the novel's protagonist, Tita. It is interesting and somewhat unusual for an author to tell a story...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2011, 10:32 am (UTC)

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In the novel, Laura Esquivel contrasts John Brown with Pedro in order to illustrate Tita's inner conflict. This is a classic "man versus self" conflict, where the protagonist must decide on the...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2016, 6:43 pm (UTC)

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Written in 1992 by Mexican writer Laura Esquivel, Like Water for Chocolate is the story of Tita, a young girl from Northern Mexico, who, due to a family tradition, must care for her mother until...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2020, 10:57 am (UTC)

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In her novel, Laura Esquivel uses a fictional style called "magic realism", a technique found frequently in Latin American Literature. In magic realism, elements of the fantastic are...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2008, 3:59 pm (UTC)

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On the day of the wedding, Tita finds Nacha "lying dead, her eyes wide open . . . a picture of her fiancé clutched in her hands." This description, particularly of the "wide open" eyes, implies...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2019, 8:06 am (UTC)

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I had trouble with this as I read the story also. I think it has a lot to do with that fact that Tita is destined to be with Mama Elena, no matter what. We all tend to take for granted those...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2008, 4:44 am (UTC)

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The origins of the sub genre of Magical Realism is attributed to Swiss-born essayist and writer Alejo Carpentier Valmont, who took residence in Cuba since infancy, and who considered himself a...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2014, 2:46 am (UTC)

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Tita’s blindness is a consequence of the many miserable vicissitudes that she has to undergo in chapter 2 of Like Water for Chocolate (Como Agua Para Chocolate). In particular, the object that...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2015, 8:10 pm (UTC)

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Each major section of Laura Esquivel's novel Like Water for Chocolate begins with a new, real recipe as well as cooking instructions. The recipes correspond with incidents happening in the...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2015, 3:37 am (UTC)

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Magical realism is a fictional style in which the fantastic or bizarre is mixed with the realistic. It includes time shifts, dreams, surrealistic descriptions, elements of surprise, and the...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2008, 2:41 pm (UTC)

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The genre is "magical realism." Magical realism has its origins in Latin America, appropriate for this Mexican author. Magical realism is a technique that infuses fantastic or...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2007, 11:11 am (UTC)

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As it is common in modern Latin American literature, female characters are often empowered in many ways, which is indicative of a new view of the female gender as one that is complex, enigmatic,...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2015, 2:22 pm (UTC)

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It is the month of October in Laura Esquivel’s Like Water for Chocolate, and Mama Elena, who had died in Chapter 7, July, has returned in the form of a ghost to haunt Tita. The tempestuous...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2014, 6:53 pm (UTC)

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I beg to differ with the above poster as to the level of realism. Like Water for Chocolate is magical realism and, as such, a combination of comedy and tragedy that is more realistic in premise...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2010, 2:50 am (UTC)

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Bizarrely, Tita was born prematurely due to her mother's sensitivity to onions. While chopping onions in the kitchen one day, the heavily pregnant Elena starts crying. As she's already emotional...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2018, 6:53 am (UTC)

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As John and Tita are spending time together, John wants to show Tita an experiment while his matches are drying. John states, "While phosphorous doesn't combine with oxygen to burn at ordinary...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2020, 8:12 pm (UTC)

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Like Water for Chocolate is a 1989 novel written by Mexican author Laura Esquivel. This novel is about a girl named Tita De La Garza. Tita, a member of a Mexican family, is in love with a boy named...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2019, 6:48 pm (UTC)

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In Laura Esquivel's Like Water for Chocolate, Tita de la Garza learns two kinds of life lessons: what is taught to her by society, and what she learns from her struggles toward self-determination...

Latest answer posted December 25, 2018, 8:41 am (UTC)

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The three novels have a diversity of settings that could not be correlated to each other. However, each setting in particular molds and transforms the main characters by framing their mentality,...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2012, 9:11 pm (UTC)

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This is in an interesting question, for the text both challenges and mirrors a male-dominated view of reality, though in the end it arguably more challenges than mirrors it through its use of magic...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2019, 12:58 pm (UTC)

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Rosaura's situation is that her husband, Pedro, is in love with her younger sister Tita. Pedro, however, is forbidden from marrying Tita because, as the youngest daughter, tradition—and the...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2019, 8:50 am (UTC)

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The wedding cake you are referring to is known as Chabela Mexican Wedding Cake. Here is the recipe: Ingredients: 175 g Refined granulated sugar 300 g Cake flour, sifted three Times 17...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2010, 12:22 am (UTC)

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Whatever Tita is feeling or experiencing while she cooks is transferred into the people who eat her meals. In the scene where Tita prepares the quail for her family, the quails are filled with her...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2009, 2:49 am (UTC)

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In "Like Water for Chocolate," Tita and Pedro are fiercely in love. Because tradition dictates that the youngest daughter does not marry and cares for her aging parents, Pedro fails to...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2009, 1:36 am (UTC)

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The novel Like Water for Chocolate is inspired by the author’s own life and history, as she grew up in Mexico. The novel takes place primarily in the kitchen and relates heavily to themes of food...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2019, 2:26 pm (UTC)

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As a part novella, part cookbook, part fantasy, and part parody, Como Agua Para Chocolate reunites a plethora of instances of hyperbole (exaggeration) and accentuated parody. This is because...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2012, 3:32 pm (UTC)

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In chapter seven, Chencha visits Tita and brings her some ox-tail soup. Once Tita takes one bite of the soup she regains some of her strength and is able to recall the recipe for the soup. Chencha...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2015, 7:19 pm (UTC)

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Tradition dictates the lives of the female characters in the novel thanks to the patriarchal forces of Mexican society at this time in history. Even Gertrudis, who rebels against tradition and...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2018, 9:32 am (UTC)

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It is Mama Elena's power and control over her daughter Tita that leads to so much unhappiness in her life, but gradually, as the novel progresses, Tita comes to break free from the iron fist of her...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2013, 10:15 am (UTC)

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The genre of the work is that it is a novel, and it is written in the Latin American style called magical realism. The author mixes in elements of the supernatural and fantastic among the realistic...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2009, 10:15 am (UTC)

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There is clearly an obvious link between love and food. What is interesting about this novel is the way in which both Tita and her sister, Gertrudis, express their passionate selves through the way...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2012, 1:42 pm (UTC)

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In Like Water for Chocolate "Eden" is described as being the place that transcendence occurs. After Mama Elena sends Tita away, see meets and old Indian woman who tells her the story of...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2008, 7:35 am (UTC)

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Tita is more than depressed. When Chencha brings news that Tita's nephew, Roberto, is dead; Tita crumbles. Tita was secretly breastfeeding Roberto and when the young child was separated from his...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2007, 11:27 am (UTC)

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Laura Esquivel's novel is an exercise in magical realism. In this genre of fiction, everyday objects can be fantastical or fantastical objects can be found in the every day world.The recipes in...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2008, 8:06 pm (UTC)

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The main theme in the story is a woman's creation of space that is hers in a hostile world. This theme accurately describes the history of women in Mexican society. Traditionally, a Latin woman's...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2007, 5:32 am (UTC)

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Dr. John is a flat character because he does not change throughout the story. He loves and supports Tita and ultimately wants her to be happy, even when that means giving her up so she can pursue...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2011, 5:24 am (UTC)

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The common theme thatLike Water for Chocolate, Chocolat,andThe Edible Womanshare is the women's search for identity within a male-dominated, and limiting, society. Tita, Vianne, and Marian,...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2012, 11:15 pm (UTC)

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The two major kinds of love that there are in this text are best captured in the different feelings and emotions that Tita comes to have for both Pedro and also John, the two men in her life. For...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2013, 10:24 am (UTC)

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Tita is the youngest of three sisters in Like Water For Chocolate. Life for Tita will be one of duty as she will, by tradition, be expected to care for her mother - her father died when she was two...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2014, 11:44 am (UTC)

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Like Water for Chocolate is a novel by Laura Esquivel that has been made into a movie. In a 1993 interview documented in the Sun Sentinel (Florida), Esquivel explains the inspiration for this...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2014, 7:44 pm (UTC)

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Unfortunately this site does not have any sample essay outlines for this topic. However, what we can do is talk about this theme and hopefully you will be able to use our pointers to construct your...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2012, 2:03 pm (UTC)

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Pedro's flaws are many. First, he falls instantly in love with Tita, showing that he is superficial. His love turns out to be true, but then he chooses to marry Rosaura (Tita's sister) under the...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2011, 5:29 am (UTC)

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Both Nora in A Doll's House and Tita in Like Water for Chocolate are held captive by the prescribed female roles within their cultures and within their families. Nora is a typical Victorian...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2008, 1:05 pm (UTC)

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