Research Prospectus.pdf - Jimenez1 Adriana Jimenez Mrs Swets English 1302-6 12 February 2018 Laura Esquivel \u200bLike Water for Chocolate Esquirel Laura

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Jimenez1 Adriana Jimenez Mrs. Swets English 1302-6 12 February 2018 Laura Esquivel: Like Water for Chocolate Esquirel, Laura. Like Water for Chocolate. Anchor Books, 1989. Introduction: Laura Esquivel’s novel Like Water for Chocolate tells a story of young forbidden love. It demonstrates the struggles of a young Mexican girl whose only job is to please her mother and nothing or no one else. Set in mexico, this novel shares the experience of what it is like to be deeply rooted in traditional Mexican culture and the trials that can follow it.. Summary: In this novel, the narrator is Esperanza, whose character will be further developed later on. She tells the story of the main character, Tita De La Garza, who is the youngest child of Mama Elena. Tita has a deep love for the kitchen, spending most of her time there preparing specific meals for her Mama and the rest of the household. Mama Elena is a controlling, harsh, traditional Mexican mother. In being the “youngest daughter means [Tita] [has] to take care of [Mama Elena] until the day [she] die[s]” (10). Meaning that Tita is forbidden to live the life she desperately wants. She is in love with Pedro; however, the couple is unable to be together because she is the youngest daughter. Pedro decides he will take Rosaura, Tita’s middle sister’s, hand in marriage only to be closer to Tita without being together. Mama Elena agrees to this arrangement, but carefully making sure Tita and Pedro rarely cross paths, especially alone. Tita is heartbroken with the engagement thinking that Pedro has betrayed her. Pedro gives Tita roses and quickly reassures her of his plan, calming Tita. In the kitchen,
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Jimenez2 Rosaura attempts to prepare a meal for her new husband and family; however, the meal is not pleasant and makes the household sick to their stomachs. Dinner time rolls around and Tita prepares a delicate meal with the roses she received. Pedro, after taking a bite, exclaims “It is a dish for the gods!” (51) It is a wonderful dish, but the powerful love that Tita and Pedro have emits through the food and puts her oldest sister, Gertrudis in a lustful haze causing her to run off with a revolutionary soldier. Furthermore, Rosaura gave birth to a son, Roberto. Tita cares and nurtures for Roberto like he is her own. Mama Elena notices Tita and Roberto’s closeness and arranges for Pedro, Rosaura, and Roberto to move to San Antonio, Texas. News of Roberto’s
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