Name 1NameCourseInstructorDateMagical Realism in Like Water for ChocolateMagical realism is the use of the elements of magic, in an otherwise real world. The theme is used throughout the novel to merge the magical elements with reality. In Latin America,the customary hot chocolate is usually prepared with the use of hot water, in the place of dairy milk. The author of this book uses the expression "like water for chocolate", to describe the way hot water mixes with chocolate. This merge between water and chocolate is similar to a sexually-charged state, together with the passion that follows. Tita, the lead character, experiences a life full of unexpected turns, which sets her feelings spiral from entanglements of passion, as well as heartbreak. This paper focuses on the use and purpose of magical realism in the story. As the plotof the book unfolds, the author constantly employs the use of magical elements for the expression of the emotional challenges which faced Tita.At the beginning of the story, Tita’s love for the culinary arts was evident since she was small. According to the author, she was a witness to a ‘rare’ magical event inside the kitchen when young. The author further states that everyone noticed how she possessed a special connection to various delicacies in the kitchen, as she had a passion for food. The kitchen played a crucial role in Tita’s life, impacting the lives of others. The author used the magical reference, to highlight the unique connection between Tita and the kitchen. The combination of the magical
reference with Tita’s passion for food, in reality, is beneficial, as it solidifies to the reader, the intensity of the passion.