The Paradox of Confinement and Freedom in a Doll's House and Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel.
In Like Water for Chocolate, Mama Elena confines Tita to the kitchen and the ranch and imposes the family tradition ("curse") on her. As a part of the family "curse", she can never marry Pedro to whom she is sexually attracted and has known since childhood. Mama Elena is resentful of her relationship with Pedro and deliberately marries off Rosaura, her sister, to him. Pedro's and Rosaura's marriage had left Tita broken in both heart and mind, like the quail.'(Esquivel p47) According to Dr. Rose Lucas of The University of South Central Queensland [Tita] knows how to stimulate and satisfy the appetite though she is forbidden from being part of either the appetite or its satiation.' Esquivel links food very closely to love and suffering. Forbidden to reveal her love for Pedro, Tita's strong emotions of suffering transmit through her dishes and her finest recipes [come] from [these] [periods] of suffering(Esquivel, p64).'
Paradoxically, for Tita, detainment to the kitchen is a freedom because it is a Mama Elena-free zone. Here she avoids her mother who is mercilessly cruel to her, slowly, agonizingly, tearing her apart. Here she delights in freely