Gertrudis was overwhelmed by the heat from the

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she was filled with a relentless desire. Gertrudis was overwhelmed by the heat from the passion and, "The only thing that kept her going was the image of the refreshing shower ahead of her, but unfortunately she was never able to enjoy it, because the drops that fell from the shower never made it to her body: they evaporated before they reached her. Her body was giving off so much heat that the wooden walls began to split and burst into flame.Terrified, she thought she would be burnt to death, she ran out of the little enclosure just as she was, completely naked. By then the scent of roses given off by her body had traveled a long, long way" (Esquivel 54). This exaggeration helped convey the amount of lust and desire between Tita and Pedro. There was so much sexual tension and passion that Esquivelused images like the shower catching fire to display all of the emotions Tita and Pedro werehiding in their forbidden love. This magical realism deepened the readers’ understanding of Tita and Pedro’s emotional relationship by using supernatural events to create vivid imagery.This magical passion and desire could also be seen when Tita made the chiles in walnut sauce for Esperanza and Alex’s wedding. Esperanza had always been like a daughter to Titaand Tita could see that her love for Alex was much like Tita’s love for Pedro. “When Esperanza told Tita that when she felt Alex’s eyes on her body, she felt like dough being plunged in boiling oil, Tita knew Alex and Esperanza would be bound together forever” (Esquivel 249). Now that Rosaura was dead, Esperanza was free to marry Alex, and Tita was free to show her love for Pedro. Those feelings of passion, freedom, and love were all transmitted to the wedding guests through the chiles in walnut sauce Tita made.

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