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Like Water for Chocolate Chapters 1-6 Study Guide Chapter 1 Like Water for Chocolate is narrated in third person, and in retrospect of the novel’s events (This means it is looking backwards). What this means is that the person telling the story is not involved in it, but has likely learned of it via the oral tradition - which is storytelling via word-of-mouth. Keep an eye on this technique and consider how it might affect what you’re reading. Chapter one is torrid and discursive . We learn many things in a short amount of space, and some of those things are fantastical and demonstrate magic realism . So don’t be freaked out when things start to get a little crazy and you don’t understand what’s going on. Magic realism is a mode of storytelling in which magical events are represented casually as if they are real. It developed in Latin America as a part of resistance literature during times of social and political upheaval. The magic often symbolizes this “resistance,” and helps characters move out of their oppressed situations. Reflection Questions What are three examples of magic realism in chapter one? Tita is “washed away” in a tide of her tears. Tita’s birth; Tita was sensitive to onions and and when they were chopping onions, she would “cry” inside her mom’s tummy. Titi’s tear dropped inside the cake and when everyone ate it, they felt affected by it. Explain why Tita becomes so connected to the kitchen (there are two or three reasons). Is it presented as more of a confining space or an empowering one? Tita’s connection to the kitchen is empowering because it is her domain. It is where she is comfortable in since there is nowhere else that connects to her. Construct an argument for or against Pedro’s rationale for agreeing to marry who he decides to marry. What does this reveal about what kind of person he is? Pedro agreed to marry Rosaura even though he loves Tita. He is very “scandalous”, a dummy and in a way inconsiderate. If you could say that chapter one has a “theme,” what would it be? I feel like the main “theme” in chapter one is family first. Tita loves Pedro, however her obligation to her family is stronger than her love, which makes her struggle with both her relationship with Pedro and her family.
Figurative Language Text: “She might have understood the black hole in the center of her chest, infinite coldness rushing through it…” Interpretation: Tita feels like she is missing a few pieces of her life - father who died when Tita was young, her mother’s love and affection for her, lack of attention from her sisters aka black hole reference. With all of these going on in her life, it causes her to become lonely, and sad aka the coldness rushing in her heart. Favorite Quote Text: “You don't have an opinion, and that's all I want to hear about it.” Interpretation When Tita questions the traditional family domain of why the youngest daughter isn’t allowed to get married and must care for her mother, Mama Elena disregards her feelings.

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