Magical and Realist Elements of Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

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Magical and Realist Elements of Like Water for Chocolate

The novel Like Water for Chocolate, published in 1989, was written by Laura Esquivel who is of Spanish heritage. She lives in Mexico, and Like Water for Chocolate was her first novel. I feel that in the story Laura Esquivel gives a lot of magical elements as well as some realist elements in order to evoke emotions about love.

While reading Like Water for Chocolate, I thought that how the girl named Tita was not allowed to marry the guy she loved and how she had to watch her sister marry him was interesting. However, I thought that the element was somewhat magical when she was making her sister Rosaura's wedding cake, and at the same time, she was thinking of Pedro
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Also, how it mentioned that a girl named Gertrudis was sweating, and it was pink, and smelled like roses, a lovely strong smell (53). I feel that these elements make it easy to see the differences between the magic and the realist because I feel that most people would know that rosy clouds of steam and flames shooting out of the bathroom can not happen, and we all know that family quarrels and chores and many more things are definitely real.

In my opinion, the magical elements are treated the same as the realist elements. The way the characters speak when they use magical elements are things that one might have to think about for a moment to understand if it is real or not. For example, I am still trying to decide if I feel that a person marrying somebody else so he can become closer to her is real or unreal. I guess, sometimes, the difference is the way a person looks at things.

A website called Love and Other Illegal Facts had to do with Like Water for Chocolate, and it talked about Laura Esquivel. It made me think the only reason that I think she wrote the story the way she did is because she mentioned how she has a strength and it is her sincere belief in The Law of Love, which is the rule of love. She feels that love is the most important force and that it moves the universe. Love is brought up in the entire story,

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