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Like Water for Chocolate“Like Water for Chocolate” is one of the Laura Esquivel’s Novel. The specialty of this book is that it uses the cooking, or recipe, to tell a story. The story represents a use of the magic realism, which expresses a primarily realistic view of the real world while encompassing a range of precise different concepts, to reveal her familiar theme of love. An oppressed soul finds meansto escape through the preparation of food in the novel, Like Water for Chocolate, “A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies,” published in 1989. The story is set in revolutionary Mexico at the turn of the century. Tita, the young heroine, is living on her family’s ranch with her two older sisters, her overbearing mother, and Nacha, the family cook. At a very tender age, Tita is instilled with a deep love for food “for Tita, the joy of living was wrapped up in the delights of food” . Elements of Magic realism are present throughout the novel in all the chapters. Some elements that are throughout the novel are when Tita cried after she was born, she created ten pounds of salt, another one is Tita and Pedros love connection sets the house on fire and when they had sex, they had a glow that family members thought was the ghost of mother Elena. In myopinion, the elements make the book a bit more interesting to read and add some fiction to the book, which is added the plot of the book. The elements make the plot show that emotions are stronger than the characters usually know. The modern social comment the book is making is that emotions have a huge amount of power in this world. “The first time she saw him, the first time their hands touched, the first bouquet of roses, the first kiss, the first time they made love...Never again would the be apart”. Tita’s mother Elena forbids her from marrying him when he comes to ask for Tita’s hand.

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