Symbolism In Esquivel's 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…show more content…
In difficult times when Rosaura’s baby Roberto needed it most. Clearly this isn’t possible in reality, even Tita knew that. The family and Tita tried everything to feed the baby, cow milk, teas, and even wet nurses were rejected by the baby. Tita, anxiously, “pulled open her blouse and offered the baby her breast” (Esquivel 76). Tita knew it was completely dry, but she couldn’t stand someone crying of hunger it was torture to her ears. “She removed the boy from her breast: a thin stream of milk sprayed out” (Esquivel 76). This proves anything is possible in magical realism. Tita’s breast are both a symbol of sexual and nurturing object. Tita is able to breastfeed because she and pedro are truly in love, she has that fire within her, unlike her sister Rosaura the cold and undesired mother that isn’t able to

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