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Like Water For Chocolate Como Agua Para Chocolate . Laura Esquivel, born in Mexico, 1950 Grew up in Mexico City; attended Escuela Normal de Maestros "I grew up in a modern home, but my grandmother lived across the street in an old house that was built when churches were illegal in Mexico. .

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Like water for chocolate como agua para chocolate
Like Water For ChocolateComo Agua Para Chocolate

  • Laura Esquivel, born in Mexico, 1950

  • Grew up in Mexico City; attended Escuela Normal de Maestros

  • "I grew up in a modern home, but my grandmother lived across the street in an old house that was built when churches were illegal in Mexico.


Historical context
Historical Context

  • Mexican revolution: began in 1910…culminated in the Mexican Constitution in 1917

  • Women’s role in society

    • Machismo v. Women’s suffrage

    • Masculine superiority is culturally accepted

    • Not always gender-specific


Like water for chocolate themes

Like Water For ChocolateThemes

Duty and Responsibility, Obedience

Tears

Cruelty and violence

Supernatural: Magic Realism

Victim/victimization

Sex roles

Love and passion

Sanity

Creativity

Food


Symbolism
Symbolism

  • Fire

    • Heat, Passion, Danger, Destruction, Creation

  • Water

    • Creates, nourishes, destroys

  • The title of the book

    • What happens to chocolate when water is introduced to it?

  • Food

    • As sustenance, as magic, as an aphrodisiac, as an article of control and manipulation


  • Key characters
    Key Characters

    • Tita – the protagonist, youngest daughter of Mama Elena

    • Mama Elena – forceful, tyrannical matriarch of the De La Garza family

    • Pedro – Tita’s true love and soul mate

    • Rosaura – second daughter of Mama Elena, who marries Pedro

    • Gertrudis – eldest daughter, becomes a general in the revolutionary army

    • Dr. John Brown – falls in love with Tita, unrequited love

    • Nacha – the ranch cook, Tita’s mentor

    • Chencha – Tita’s companion in the kitchen

    • Roberto & Esperanza – children of Pedro and Rosaura

    • Alex – son of Dr. Brown, father of the narrator. Marries Esperanza


    Chapter organization month by month
    Chapter OrganizationMonth by Month

    • January: Christmas Rolls

    • February: Chabela Wedding Cake

    • March: Quail in Rose Petal Sauce

    • April: Turkey Mole with Almonds and Pumpkin Seeds

    • May: Northern Style Chorizo

    • June: A Recipe for Making Matches

    • July: Ox Tail Soup

    • August: Champandongo

    • September: Chocolate and Three Kings Day Bread

    • October: Cream Fritters

    • November: Beans with Chile Tezcucana Style

    • December: Chiles in Walnut Sauce


    La pregunta principal
    La Pregunta Principal

    • What are the primary roles that food plays in Like Water For Chocolate?

      We’ve already discussed that food operates (symbolizes…) as sustenance, magic, aphrodisiac, and an article of control and manipulation…

      But how else does Tita use food?


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