Magical Realism In Like Water For Chocolate

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Like Water for Chocolate
The magical, mystical, and romantic tale, Like Water for Chocolate is a novel where the characters face countless problems of love, family, and historic events. Through 12 months of the year we follow Tita’s struggle to pursue her true love, happiness, and sense of purpose. With each chapter, beginning with a recipe that is incorporated throughout the narrative. Where Tita, is wholly dependent on these recipes to get her through situations. The author incorporates many occurrences of magical realism such as when Tita cries in the womb, Gertrudis hot sexual experience, and the way Tita is able to produce milk. One way magical realism is used in the novel is when Esquivel explains how Tita was brought into the world. “Tita was so sensitive to onions, any time they were being chopped, they say she would just cry and cry; when she was still in my great-grandmother’s belly her sobs were so loud that even Nacha, the cook, who was half-deaf, could hear them easily. Once her wailing got so violent that it
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Laura Ezequiel uses magical realism throughout her story to disclose the emotional barriers Tita faced since the day she was in her mother’s womb. Tita encounters magical events associated with food, spirits, and heat. Like Water for Chocolate is more than a book of recipes, romances, and home remedies. It is a story where magical realism is used to tell the story of Tita who wishes to escape from her mother’s harsh rules and an untamed Mexican narrative where nearly every page holds anguish, drama, and folklore. Everyone needs food in order to survive, and the food is where Tita’s life revolves around, she is able to communicate through food, able to provide, and nurture. The use of magical realism connects the readers to the story despite their beliefs and helps them fully understand what the author is
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