Essay on Magical Realism : Like Water For Chocolate By Laura Esquivel

1210 Words Oct 22nd, 2015 5 Pages
Magical realism allows one to get to the heart of human emotion and experience it in a new and liberating way. Magical realism is frequently used in Latin American works, and combines magical elements and a real setting. In Like Water for Chocolate, there is a frequent resort to the figurative or dream like state. The reader must suspend their disbelief to fully experience the complete emotions of everyday experiences. Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel uses magical realism to assist the reader in understanding and exploring the universal experiences of love, rebellion and food. Rebellion is a universal experience; the Mexican revolution is a prominent background, in April and serves as an outlet for Tita to rebel against Mama Elena. As Tita begins to rebel against Mama Elena, the previously clear-cut relationship between them crumbles. In May, “Mama Elena was always such a perfectionist and so careful to get all the air out of the sausage, no one could explain it when they discovered a week later that all the sausages in the cellar were swarming with worms,” serving as a metaphor for the relationship between the two (Esquivel 99). Magical realism shows the reader that the relationship has disintegrated after Tita tells Mama Elena that she is sick of obeying her. In October, the ghost of Mama Elena arrives to tell Tita that she messed up the family, to which Tita frankly responds, “I know who I am! A person who has a perfect right to live her life as she…

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