Like Water for Chocolate Essay.docx - Hamilton 1 Kassidy Hamilton Satya Mohanty You have your life now leave me in peace to have mine Like Water for

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Hamilton Kassidy Hamilton Satya Mohanty 9/19/16 “You have your life, now leave me in peace to have mine!”; Like Water for Chocolate Through a Feminist Lens The novel, Like Water for Chocolate , is set during the period of the Mexican Revolution of the 1900’s, a truly modernizing time for the people of Mexico. Regardless of the modernizing nature, women were still seen as and treated like second-class citizens, and unable to do anything besides domestic work. Women were also expected to adhere to unrealistic standards and expectations set forth by society. Those who challenged these norms were often condemned, kicked out of their houses, or socially ostracized. In her novel, Like Water for Chocolate , author Laura Esquivel demonstrates the reality of the expectations set forth, and the consequences of challenging such a stringent, tradition based society. Throughout the novel, Like Water for Chocolate , Esquivel positively shows how the main character, Tita, and her sister, Gertrudis, become self actualized, powerful women by being rebellious to their mother, their country, and their traditions. While not able to confront her mother directly, Tita employs many tactics to protest her mother’s wishes and her traditions, resulting in a very rebellious and powerful character development. Tita’s disobedient side truly begins to grow when she falls in love with Pedro. As the youngest daughter of her mother, Elena, Tita was expected to follow tradition and put off marriage so she could take care of her mother until death. However, Tita soon realized that she wanted more out of life than servitude; she wanted to have a 1

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