However towards the end of the book Mama Elena comes back in the form of a spir

However towards the end of the book mama elena comes

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Tita’s life. However, towards the end of the book, Mama Elena comes back in the form of a spirit to haunt Tita, which Tita finally uses as a way to stand up for her mother. Towards the end of the book, Mama Elena’s furious spirit comes back to haunt Tita. However, instead of backing down, Tita stands up to her mother, gaining her newfound independence and identity, stating, “I know who I am! A person who has a perfect right to live her life as she pleases. Once and for all, leave me alone; I won’t put up with you! I hate you, I’ve always hated you!” (Esquivel, 199). Tita faces an obstacle of handling her mother and the fear of confronting her, but finally gains enough confidence to stand up to her mother, gaining her newfound freedom and identity. Overall, In Laura Esquivel’s, Like Water for Chocolate , Tita encountered obstacles that catalyzed her search for her identity and freedom. One of the most prevalent catalysts was Dr. John Brown, who assisted her in discovering her “inner fire”. One of the other rampant catalysts for Tita was her mother, Mama Elena. Tita’s obstacles that were encountered for her catalysts for identity and freedom were prompted popularly by two people, Dr. John Brown and Tita’s mother, Mama Elena.

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