The Role Of Traditions In 'Like Water For Chocolate'

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“It would be nice if she could let this genius know about this one little flaw in this perfect plan for taking care of women in their old age” (Esquivel 11) This quote is an example of how traditions do not always benefit the majority. Traditions can bring the family together, and create a sense of communion with the family. Each tradition has a role within the family, whether to create a sense of togetherness, or if to imprison the other family members. These traditions play a vital role in the novel, and change throughout the growth and decrease of the family. The traditions remain a constant throughout the turmoil in the novel. These traditions have many effects on the characters, such as not allowing the main character, Tita, to marry …show more content…
Some are more more predominant in the plot then others are but they all variate in their motives. For example, family parties and feasting are one of the most common exemplified traditions all throughout Like Water For Chocolate. The De la Garza family often gets together after Tita and Chencha cook large feasts. The purpose of family feasting is to really host a large communion after long periods of not being seeing together. The parties allow everyone to exchange feelings, reminisce and update each other on how each others lives are going. Another tradition in Like Water for Chocolate is Tita devoting her time to taking care of her mother. Across the variety of modern family traditions, adult offspring taking care of their elderly parents. The purpose of this tradition is for the children to show respect and compassion to their parents. Parents take care of their children at a young age, and paying back that respect by showing compassion to their parents would be viewed as being appreciative. But at the same saw in the first few months of Like Water for Chocolate, Tita wasn’t able to see Pedro or even really have an “outside” life because she was completely devoted to taking care of Mama Elena and working on the monotonous task of cleaning. Her tradition is more like a job and it’s restraining her from her desired lifestyle. In May, Tita displays her frustration from overworking under Mama Elena’s command. She screams …show more content…
Traditions in Like Water For Chocolate deviate a lot. The main two traditions that are existent in the duration of the novel help to construct the plot and mood, as well as develop the antagonist, Mama Elena. Large family meals, a symbol of communion, are very habitual in the central and southern American cultures and are typically prepared on a communal basis with multiple different people working together. This in of itself is a hallmark of the commendable tradition many families enjoy. A contrapositive tradition practiced is the youngest daughter staying home to care for her mother at old ages. “You know perfectly well that being the youngest daughter means you have to take care of me until the day I die.” (10) This detested practice is sporadic or irregular and is usually a sign of greed from the mother, which is especially the case in Like Water for Chocolate. Overall, the diverse traditions of many different communities is what forms the rich culture that is relished

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