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Laura Esquivel

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like-water-for-chocolate-laura-esquivelNarrator, Chapter 11ut with a little imagination and a full heart,one can always prepare a decent meal.Sources:, Encyclopaedia Britannica, New York TimesCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.Heat & ColdReflect the charactersemotional statesTitas Wedding BedspreadSymbolizes Titas growing desire and worryFoodRepresents tradition, family, and loveSymbolsElenas eldest daughter; content to follow her mothers directions in all mattersRosaura de la GarzaElenas fiercely independent and passionate middle daughter; born from an affairGertrudis de la GarzaElenas youngest daughter; destined to care for her mother until she diesTita de la GarzaOppressive, unyielding matriarch of the de la Garza family; was forced to give up loveMama ElenaMain CharactersEsquivel was born in Mexico City and started writing childrens stories and TV scripts while teaching kindergarten. Believing that stories about home life are just as important as stories about society at large, Esquivel writes about family, relationships, and traditions, often using cooking as a metaphor.LAURA ESQUIVELBORN 1950AuthorNacha knows that love in all its forms is essential to life.Aspects of LoveTita learns that truth is not objective but depends on her point of view.Nature of TruthMama Elena refuses to see that even good traditions must sometimes change.Tradition vs. ChangeWhen Tita de la Garza is told she must care for the tyrannical Mama Elena rather than marry, she has no choice but to obey. But her deep love for Pedro Muzquiz and defiant nature provide her with a surprising weapon with which to rebel: the magical properties of the food she cooks.Love Is Foodfor the SoulTHEMESSpanishOriginal Language1989Year PublishedLaura EsquivelAuthorLike Water forChocolateDramaNovel

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