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UYEN PHAM JOURNAL#1 LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE “Like Water for Chocolate” by Laura Esquivel was written in the 20th century. The characters in Like Water for Chocolate are set against the backdrop of the most important modernizing force in Mexican history, the Mexican Revolution of 1910-17. During this time, peasants and natives banded together under the leadership of figures such as Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata to reject the old order's dictatorship, revive democracy, and claim Mexico for the everyday man and woman. Esquivel uses the revolution to explore themes of masculinity and gender identity, and examine how individuals appropriate for themselves the revolution's goal of liberty. In Like Water for Chocolate, Tita has an ability to transfer her emotions into her food. When she's forced to stay home and care for her mother instead of marrying, she becomes a talented chef who can affect people's moods with her cooking. With her love, Pedro, marrying Rosaura, her sister, and living on the family ranch, offering Pedro contact with Tita. Everytime Tita cooks a

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