Like Water For Chocolate Literary Analysis

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We all have dreams that are so close, but seem so far away. There may be something stopping us from reaching for these dreams such as, other people’s opinions, cultural traditions, or our own self-doubt. A controversy lies between what we wish to accomplish and what others think we need to accomplish. It all comes down to our personal responsibility and the opinions of others that keeps us from moving forward. It is simply reality. This reality is explored in the book, “Like Water For Chocolate”, by Laura Esquivel through the main character Tita. The book explores the conflict between passion and responsibility in life as Tita is denied her true love in order to carry on a cultural tradition within her family.
The nature of Tita’s passionate
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Everything Pedro does in and out of the house makes her boil over. Pedro is jealous of Tita and John, so he purposely infuriates her to get her attention. Not only was Pedro and Tita’s relationship like water for chocolate, but also Rosaura and Tita’s relationship. It has been a constant battle for Pedro between Rosaura and Tita throughout the whole book. This pushes Tita over the edge, and Rosaura finally asks for her advice in how to save her marriage. These are the first steps to mend their relationship. Once Tita’s anger simmers down, Gertrudis talks to Tita saying, “Pedro and you have both made the mistake of trying to keep the truth a secret” (190). The passion between Pedro and Tita had been kept a secret throughout their whole lives, and Gertrudis’ advice causes Tita to question her relationship with John, and even “he knew that something had changed inside of Tita” (203). Esquivel presents Pedro as “a monster of selfishness and suspicion” that everyone experiences at some point in their lives (212). When two people are fighting for the love of one person, one often becomes jealous and selfish. Love makes people do crazy things. Tita is turned off by his jealousy, but she knows that he is the one for her. As the book comes to an end, both Tita and Pedro realize that they have “spent way too many years worrying about what people will say” (237). Tita finds that she has been …show more content…
Tita starts the book conforming to her mother’s tradition. Once she realizes her love for Pedro, she decides to rebel against her mother. As she cooks throughout her life, she realizes she only cooks to express herself and her love for Pedro. This book makes evident that responsibilities show our true character behind all the work. Esquivel explores jealousy, love, passion, and commitment to show that love always conquers no matter the situation. As Tita says, “You don’t have to think about love; you either feel it or you don’t”

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