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Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel. Today: Symbolism (cont’d) Esquivel’s brand of “magical realism” Alchemy Recipes. My Dress Hangs There, 1933. Self-Portrait 1940. Symbolism- With. How is Kahlo using symbols in her art? What might the symbols represent?

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like water for chocolate by laura esquivel
Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

Today:

  • Symbolism (cont’d)
  • Esquivel’s brand of “magical realism”
  • Alchemy Recipes
symbolism with
Symbolism- With
  • How is Kahlo using symbols in her art? What might the symbols represent?
  • Share findings of your art interpretations and character connections – stay focused!
symbolism
Symbolism
  • How are symbols used in Like Water for Chocolate?
  • What are some of the symbols we’ve seen in the novel?
  • What do they generally represent?
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Symbolism
  • Matches (p. 115-117)
  • Tita’s hands (p. 108-9)
  • Capones (p. 27+)
  • Killing Quail (p. 49)

Are “birds” a motif in the novel?

motif
Motif
  • A recurring object, concept, or structure in a work of literature.
  • A motif may also be two contrasting elements in a work, such as good and evil, fire & ice, etc.
  • A motif is important because it allows readers to see themes that the author is trying to express, so that they may interpret the work more accurately.
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Motif
  • Notice:
    • capones (castrated chickens—completely domestic & flightless)
    • quail (a little more wild),
    • doves/pigeons
    • Tita’s hands (p. 108-9)
  • If so, what is the THEME that this motif be highlighting?
magical realism
Magical Realism
  • How does Esquivel create the effect of “magical realism” throughout the novel?
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Magical Realism
  • Food conveying emotions
  • Communication with spirit world
  • Hyperbole (a.k.a. exaggeration)
  • Occurrence of unnatural events (as if normal)
  • Folklore?

Find an example of each…

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Magical Realism
  • Food conveying emotions
  • Communication with spirit world
    • Nacha, Mama Elena, John’s grandmother)
  • Hyperbole (a.k.a. exaggeration)
  • Occurrence of unnatural events
    • veil, Gertrudis in shower…
  • Folklore?
    • Curandera, Bruja, la llarona, etc.
themes around food
Themes around food
  • Making something special out of ordinary ingredients
  • Food conveying emotions
  • Using cooking as an act of resistance to oppression
  • Hunger/Appetite vs. Satisfaction/Satiety….Unfulfilled love/desire
  • ….Alchemy???
alchemy
Alchemy
  • 1: a medieval chemical science and speculative philosophy aiming to achieve the transmutation of the base metals into gold, the discovery of a universal cure for disease, and the discovery of a means of indefinitely prolonging life
  • 2 : a power or process of transforming something common into something unique
  • 3 : an inexplicable or mysterious transmutation
alchemy in the novel
Alchemy in the novel
  • Examples?
  • In what ways is cooking an “alchemical” process in the novel?
  • Is this true about cooking in general?
remember elements of latin american literature
Remember: Elements of Latin American literature
  • Realism
  • Historical fiction
  • Magical realism
  • Lives of ordinary people
  • Family sagas
  • Concern with social/political reform
  • Folklore
  • Latin cultural traditions
homework
Homework
  • Complete Novel! WHOA!
  • Extra credit for watching Frida and writing thoughtful response, connecting it to Lit/Hist class content (not summary). Typed! 10 points possible.
  • EC due by the end of the trimester!
folklore the traditional beliefs myths tales and practices of a people transmitted orally
Folklore: The traditional beliefs, myths, tales, and practices of a people, transmitted orally.
  • The presence of La Llarona
  • Other examples of folklore that you’ve seen in the novel?
curandero a brujo a
Curandero/-a, Brujo/-a
  • A curandero (or curandera for a female) is a traditional folk healer or shaman in Hispanic-America, prevalent in Latin America, who is dedicated to curing physical and/or spiritual illnesses.
a curandera s concept of medicine
A Curandera\'s Concept of Medicine:
  • When the natural and the spiritual are not torn apart into disjointed entities, there is a balance between human and nature.

Human beings have a spiritual nature as well as an individual soul, and the body can not be cut away from the soul and spirit.

Humans are members of the natural world -animals, plants, minerals, earth, and all living things found on earth. Illness occurs when one does not live in harmony with all these aspects of "self."

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