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“Like Water for Chocolate: a novel, written in Monthly Installments infused with Recipes, Romance, and home remedies.” (Esquirel) The story line and strong female presence promotes a positive response for women. The novel addresses many narrative motifs focusing on love, the depth of passion, heartbreak, sorrow and oppression. Esquivel uses creative language as a means of presenting and explaining the theme of escaping from tradition, women's self-empowerment and liberation. Examples of this can be seen in the simile used in the title and the metaphor used in the quail in rose petal sauce scene and the overall symbol of food. The title of the novel Like Water for Chocolate introduces the story with a play on words and immediately we can see that the audience for which the novel was intended for is women. There are many situations throughout the novel in which Esquivel uses her writing technique to direct her material to a certain reader. The simile in the title of the novel is an example of this. In most cooking traditions, it is known that to melt and dissolve chocolate, the milk or water being used to cook in has to be very close to its boiling point. The problem with using this simile as the title of the book can imply that the audience - women should be familiar with this cooking technique. Esquivel continuously makes these assumptions that the readers will know what is being referred to. There are various references to food and the preparations for it. "Tita wanted to give a twenty-course banquet the likes of which had never been given before, and of course she couldn't leave the delicious chiles in walnut sauce off of the menu, even though they took so much work"(230). Esquivel implies that all the readers of her story should be familiar with the
chiles in the walnut sauce, their specific taste and the specific preparation required for them.

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