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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


Like water for chocolate by laura esquivel

My Dress Hangs There, 1933


Self portrait 1940

Self-Portrait1940


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?


Symbolism1

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.


Motif1

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?


Magical realism1

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…


Magical realism2

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?


Alchemical concoctions

Alchemical Concoctions


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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