One of the things I automatically noticed when reading Laura Esquivel 's Like Water for Chocolate was the constant mentioning of hot and cold sensations that Tita experienced. This begins to appear in the book in as little as 14 pages. On this page it states, “Tita felt her body fill with a wintry chill: in one sharp, quick blast was so cold…”. The wintery chill is alluding to when Mama Elena appeared in the kitchen and brought her news of Rosaura’s agreement to marry Pedro. Stricken with sadness, Tita is left with a feeling of depression, loneliness, and hatred which is symbolized through her constant sensation of being cold.
In Esquivel’s novel, Like Water for Chocolate, she argues that kindness is more powerful than cruelty. Unlike kindness and compassion, people will never be fully loyal to those act cruel. The strongest form of loyalty is obedience founded by trust and powered by love, which cannot be replaced with intimidation and fear. When kindness is displayed to a given individual, it is capable of creating a strong core of purpose within oneself, forming loyalty through the desire to be near the one who gives them that affection. In contrast, brutality does the opposite, in hope to break that core enough for the person to resort to dependency Overall, cruelty pushes those under its control to break down, whereas kindness allows for people to strive.
Josefita “tita” De La Garza – the youngest daughter of Mama Elena. A good and obedient lady who eats everything prepared at the table. The one who loves Pedro and Pedro loves. The narrator – daughter of Esperanza who is the daughter of Rosaura and Pedro.
Up until the late 1910’s, women did not have much say with what went on in society, nor did they have much control over their own lives. It had been tradition that a woman obeyed without question and did anything in her power to please those around her. Such ideals are seen in Like Water for Chocolate, however, instead of having to follow a male figurehead, Tita, her sisters, Pedro, and even Mama Elena must obey the invisible laws of society. However, everyone finds a way to bend these laws and help get a foot into the threshold of how things are in the modern day. Through Tita, Gertrudis, Mama Elena and other characters actions, it is shown that women do have a tremendous amount of power in regards to what they do.
Magical Realism: “John interrupted these memories by bursting into the room, alarmed by the stream that was running down the stairs. When he realized it was just Tita's tears, John blessed Chencha and her ox-tail soup for having accomplished what none of his medicines had been able to do- making Tita weep” (Esquivel 207). Significance: In this scene, Tita is drinking the ox-tail soup that Chencha made her and cries. The author uses magical elements to make something as simple as crying into a unreal and unbelievable event.
Laura Esquivel in the book “Like Water For Chocolate” uses many strategies throughout the book like imagery ,and exaggeration. Both imagery and exaggeration helped develop the tone and the mood ,and set the purpose the passages that were given to us by Esquivel. Esquivel is trying to convey to the readers that you don’t need to be just plain like other writers to have a good story to tell, as she demonstrates in her way of writing and strategies. The use of words that Esquivel uses gives us a better understanding of the strategies being used by the author, and what she is trying to say by using those words. There are many other strategies that Esquivel uses, but exaggeration and imagery have a huge role in the book, and not only in the passage where she describes Nacha, but in others where the food is involved.
The sharp and succulent smell of beef and onion sizzling on the stove top left Tita in a crying state at the beginning of August. Like Water For Chocolate is written by monthly and has many recipes at the beginning of every chapter that set the mood. The structure in Like Water For Chocolate strengthens the ability to follow along and connect to the text. The structure in Like Water For Chocolate gives a sense of flow to the story.
In Maria Viramontes’ Under the Feet of Jesus Estrella is a confused, angry girl who is attempting to figure everything out. Estrella is unable to figure anything out without the help of Perfecto Flores, but with his help she is able to create some understanding about the importance of education and becomes less angry. Viramontes uses tone and figurative language to help show Estrella’s growth and development. The beginning of the passage has an angry tone.
This passage seemed important to me because it is describing who El Tiríndaro is. He is not a recurring character but I would consider him very important. He was the person who eventually got Enrique across the Rio Grande and to the United States. Enrique had to trust him and it also shows you have to be careful of who you trust because Lourdes was tricked earlier in the book was an immigration lawyer. It also shows that you can’t judge someone based on their appearance.
Geeta, though daughter of an Indian family but brought up in the American land strives for independence. But her grandfather who hailed to America only to be with his son always longs to go back to his native land India. Tilo tries to unite the grand daughter and the father and the grandfather who broke away from their ties when Geeta wishes to marry an American. Jagjit, meaning the world conqurer, was a sikh boy who at the beginning of the novel,was a boy who holds the sare ends of his mother has been completely changed as spices started working against him.