Like Water for Chocolate.docx - The Effects of Food in Like Water for Chocolate Published in 1989 Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel tells the

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The Effects of Food in Like Water for Chocolate Published in 1989, Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel tells the story of a young woman named Tita who lives with her sisters Rosaura and Gertrudis, as well as her traditional, strict mother Mama Elena. Written in the style of magical realism, Like water for Chocolate combines historic elements that are infused with magic or fantastic things. The story is set during the Mexican revolution, and the magic and fantastic elements are apparent throughout the story, but perhaps the most compelling and powerful items are the plates prepared by the protagonist Tita. In our world, food is nourishment, but it also carries with it the feelings of the person who provided it. In Like Water for Chocolate, this idea is taken literally, with the food prepared by Tita causing emotional changes in the people that eat it. The protagonist of the novel Tita is the youngest member of the family. She is literally born in the kitchen, (quote1). Born in a sea of tears caused by the chopping of onions, Tita is immediately surrounded by food and its aromas. From that point, the way that Tita understands life is guided by her knowledge of food. She feels comfortable in the kitchen, but it makes it hard (quote3). Tita is placed into a domestic role from her birth; as the youngest daughter, she is denied marriage (quote2) and forced to instead care for her tyrannical mother, Mama Elena, until death.

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