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Like Water for Chocolate. My Green Life Project. About the Author. Laura Esquivel: Born on September 30, 1950, in Mexico City, Mexico. She is a screenwriter, novelist and teacher. More on Esquivel. She likes to write stories that focus on the role of food in everyday experiences. .

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Like water for chocolate

Like Water for Chocolate

My Green Life Project


About the author

About the Author

  • Laura Esquivel:

    • Born on September 30, 1950, in Mexico City, Mexico.

    • She is a screenwriter, novelist and teacher.


More on esquivel

More on Esquivel

  • She likes to write stories that focus on the role of food in everyday experiences.

  • She also likes to explore gender differences, particularly in Mexican culture.


T h e t e x t

T h e T e x t

  • Like Water for Chocolate is considered Magical Realism.

  • It has also been called a cookbook/ love story.

  • Magical Realism = aesthetic style or genre of fiction in which magical elements blend with the real world.

  • It was made into a major motion picture in 1992.


Yummy literature

Yummy Literature!

EACH CHAPTER BEGINS WITH A NEW MONTH AND A NEW RECIPE.


T he s e t t i n g

T he S e t t i n g

Where & When

Historical Context

Mexican Revolution

The Mexican people rebelled against the dictatorship of President Diaz.

Wealth was concentrated in the hands of a few.

Injustice and corruption were rampant.

  • De La Garza ranch in a rural area

  • PiedrasNegras, Coahuila

  • On the border of Texas in Northern Mexico

  • 1910-1920


The socio cultural context

The Socio-Cultural Context

Mexicans

Indigenous Peoples

Native people of Mexico

Had darker skin color

Were considered inferior and evil by landowners

Had little access to education/rights

Were often indoctrinated through Catholicism

  • Landowners

  • Considered themselves to be of Spanish descent

  • Often had lighter skin color

  • Treated the indigenous people as slaves

  • Provided their children with education and property rights


Characterization

Characterization

The Protagonist

The Antagonist

Mama Elena

Character Traits:

Cold-hearted

Stubborn

Tradition-bound

Mean-spirited

Class-conscious

Controlling

Hateful

  • Tita

  • Character Traits:

    • Hard-working

    • Loyal

    • Romantic

    • Loves food

    • Loves Pedro

    • Beautiful

    • Adventurous


Characterization1

Characterization

Key Characters

Minor Characters

Chencha -  The ranch maid

Roberto -  The first child of Rosaura and Pedro

Esperanza -  The second child of Rosaura and Pedro

Alex -  The son of Dr. John Brown, and the father of the narrator. He marries Esperanza.

  • Nacha – The Ranch cook and surrogate mother to Tita

  • Rosaura - The second daughter of Mama Elena

  • Gertrudis -  The eldest daughter of Mama Elena

  • Dr. John Brown  -  An American doctor who cares for Tita

  • Pedro – The love of Tita’s life


Dialectical journals

Dialectical Journals

STEP 1:

STEP 2:

Each chapter will have an assigned quote attack handed out at the beginning of the week.

Each quote attack should be annotated at AP level.

All commentary should be meaningful and relevant.

  • Answer the questions for each chapter in a Word document entitled: Like Water for Chocolate Journal.

  • Responses should be single spaced, Times New Roman 12 font.

  • Each response should provide meaningful commentary.


Dialectical journals1

Dialectical Journals

Chapter 1:

1. What is the significance of Tita being unable to find solace in eating the Christmas Roll that Nacha left for her?

2. Why is Tita not allowed to marry Pedro according to Mama Elena and how does Tita feel about this stipulation?

3. How is Tita’s paradigm different than that of her sisters?

4. How does Esquivel use the sensory imagery of food to describe the way Pedro makes Tita feel?

Chapter 1 Quote Attack: See Handout


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