SPAN 011- Movie Essay (Draft #1).docx - Kyleigh Abraham The...

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Kyleigh AbrahamThe movie, Like Water for Chocolatetakes place in 1910. It tells the story of a young girl, Tita, who could make people laugh and cry with her food. She lived on aranchnear the border between Mexico and the United States with her mother, Mamá Elena, her nanny, Nancha, and her two older sisters Gertrudis and Rosaura. Her father died of a heart attack when she was young, after learning that his wife had Tita with another man. As she got older,Tita fell in lovewith the boy next door, named Pedro, at first sight. Pedro asked Mamá Elena if he could marry her daughter,Tita. However, the two could never be together because of Tita’s family tradition and her unaffectionate, traditional and strict mother, Mamá Elena. The tradition said that the youngest daughter can never get married and must take care of her mother until her mother's death. MamáElena suggests that Pedro marriesTita's older sister, Rosaura, instead. Pedro agrees to marry Rosaura in order to stay close to Tita.Tita was bornin the kitchen and was raised by Nancha, the family cook. This foreshadowed her true calling in life. Nancha was lively and very wise. She made sure that Tita was surrounded by food from the very start and enjoyed cooking very much. Tita learned to express her feelingsand emotions through the food she made and caused the people who ate herfood to feel the same feelings. Mamá Elena made Tita helpNancha prepare the food for her sister’swedding. When Tita was making the cake, she was sadthat the love of her life was going to marry her sister. While preparing the cake, she criedinto the cake batter. Her tears caused all of the wedding guests who ate the cake to feel sad, cry and get sick at the wedding.

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