In contrast, Mama Elena’s death taught Tita just how much more there is to life than whatyou initially perceive. “During the funeral, Tita really wept for her mother. Not for the castrating mother who had repressed Tita her entire life, but for the person who had lived a frustrated love.”(138) When Tita discovers the letters explaining Mama Elena’s past love and affair with who is now known to be the true father of Gertrudis, she finally begins to realize that Mama Elena is much more than the tyrant that she knows her to be. She begins to realize that life is much more than the black and white and that everyone becomes the way they are for a reason. With this realization, Tita vows to never let anything get in the way of true love. She vows not to let her fate match that of Mama Elena’s.
August – Cycles In the “August” chapter, Esquivel writes scenarios, which parallel other events in the book, almost as if the characters were going through the same cycles of emotion and experience. An example of these cycles is the birth of and reaction to Pedro and Rosaura’s daughter, Esperanza. When Esperanza is born, Tita experiences the same attachment to the child that she had with Roberto and Rosaura is once again unable to nurse. Because of this, Tita is once again trusted to take care of Pedro’s child and the familial dynamic between Pedro, his child and Tita isrestored to what it once was with Roberto. This is significant in advancing the plot of the novel because, just as it had before, the baby brings Tita and Pedro closer together. This angers Rosaura and so, with malicious intent, Rosaura announces that Esperanza will be forced to remain unmarried as well.This parallel brought on another cycle as Tita becomes so overwhelmed with anger over Rosaura’s decision that she ended up having to run into the very shower that Gertrudis disappeared out of in order to wash the anger off of her skin, but instead of the water evaporatingoff of her as it did to her sister, Tita’s skin is burned by the water. Then, instead of running away to love as Gertrudis did, Tita runs to Pedro and gives into her sexual desire. This is an extremely important parallel to consider because it gives insight into Tita’s fate and brings us back to the foreshadowing way in which Tita was born. The fact that she was born on a river of tears that turned to salt foreshadowed the disappointment that she would feel in her life and that is greater supported here. When Mama Elena died, she was supposed to be free of her issues. She was supposed to marry John Brown and live a simple life. However, she is unable to because she is still conflicted over her love for Pedro and his convoluted marriage with her sister Rosaura.