6 What is the general importance of Mama Elenas death and the birth of

6 what is the general importance of mama elenas death

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6. What is the general importance of Mama Elena’s death and the birth of Esperanza? Mama Elena’s death causes Rosaura to give birth prematurely. Due to complications during the birth, the delivery leaves Rosaura unable to get pregnant again. The pain of losing Roberto reminds Tita not to become too attached to this new child, Esperanza. Pedro tries to name the child Josefita, after Tita, but Tita will not allow it. She does not wish for the child’s life to be shaped by her own. Nevertheless, Esperanza has much in common with Tita even as a baby. 7. Give examples of how dishes had an emotional effect on the people who ate them. Explain what caused those emotions and their meanings. food is often a direct cause of physical and emotional unrest, and serves as a medium through which emotions can be transmitted. Tita prepares most of the food in the novel, and she uses food to express her emotions because her lowly cultural status affords her no other opportunity to do so. The vomiting and moroseness at Rosaura's wedding results from the guests' eating the cake that bears Tita's tears. Likewise, the sexual frenzy that compels Gertrudis to leave the ranch is occasioned by the transmission of Tita's passion for Pedro into the dish she prepares for dinner. These incidents suggest a simultaneous commodification and uncontrollability of emotion; food is a potent force in the world of the novel, and it lets Tita assert her identity. 8. Mama Elena made people suffer but she also suffers in silence. Explain how she suffered. She made Tita suffer but she seemingly had her own inner-demons she had to deal with that seemingly made her more angry. She had to battle her inner demons that would haunt her more than likely making her the way she was. She had these demons that took over her life and she seemingly had no escape from them. 9. Cite any examples of magical realism. An example can be seen when Mama Elena’s death has very different meanings for Tita and Rosaura. For Tita, it liberates her from Mama Elena’s abuse and the obligations she imposed on Tita. Rosaura’s grief, however, implies a true emotional attachment to Mama
Elena. This highlights the difference in Mama Elena’s treatment of her two daughters, as well as Rosaura’s attachment to the structure of family relationships. Tita believes that names have the power to divine one’s destiny. The name “Esperanza” means “hope,” which represents Tita’s desire to put tradition and the past behind them and focus on the future and on creating a better life for Esperanza. Chapters 10- 12 1. In October, Tita’s sister Gertrudis tells her, “The truth! The truth! Look, Tita, the simple truth is that the truth does not exist; it all depends on a person’s point of view.” Do you agree with Gertrudis’ assertion? Is truth relative and contingent on a person’s experiences? What does this mean for us in today’s globalized world? Here Gertrudis clearly describes the moral relativism that runs throughout the novel and that is crucial to understanding both Rosaura and Tita’s plights. For Gertrudis, the definition of sin is relative to

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