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Like Water for Chocolate. Opening Powerpoint English III. About the Author. Her name is Laura Esquivel. She is from Mexico City. She also wrote the screenplay when it became a movie. LWFC was published first in Spanish in 1989. It was translated into English in 1992.

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Like water for chocolate

Like Water for Chocolate

Opening Powerpoint

English III

About the author
About the Author

  • Her name is Laura Esquivel.

  • She is from Mexico City.

  • She also wrote the screenplay when it became a movie.

  • LWFC was published first in Spanish in 1989.

  • It was translated into English in 1992.

Background information
Background Information

  • The English-subtitled film became one of the most popular foreign-language films in American film history.

  • It was the largest grossing foreign film ever released in the United States.

Genre magical realism
Genre: Magical Realism

  • Like Water for Chocolate belongs to the genre of magical realism.

  • This is a style of storytelling, which infuses magical elements into mundane everyday situations, conditions, and practices.

  • The idea is to reveal essential and extraordinary aspects of human relations imbedded in everyday activities.

Brief synopsis
Brief Synopsis

  • Reportedly, Esquivel used an episode from her own family to write her book. She had a great-aunt named Tita, who was forbidden to wed.

  • Tita never did anything but care for her own mother. Soon after her mother died, so did Tita.

  • The book has been a tremendous international success: The No. 1 best-selling book in Mexico for three years; it's also been translated into 23 languages.

Set up

  • Each chapter is a “monthly installment" and labeled with the months of the year; we learn of Tita's struggle to pursue true love and claim her independence.

  • Each installment features a recipe to begin each chapter.

  • Food is often a direct cause of physical and emotional unrest in the story, and serves as a medium through which emotions can be expressed.

Mexican revolution of 1910
Mexican Revolution of 1910

  • For most of Mexico's developing history, a small minority of the people were in control of most of the country's power and wealth, while the majority of the population worked in poverty.

  • As the rift between the poor and rich grew under the leadership of General Díaz, the political voice of the lower classes was also declining.

  • Opposition of Díaz did surface, when Francisco I. Madero, educated in Europe and at the University of California, led a series of uprisings throughout the country.

Historical context cont
Historical Context Cont…

  • Díaz was pressured into holding an election in 1910, in which Madero was able to gather a significant number of the votes.

  • Although Díaz was at one time a strong supporter of the one-term limit, he seemed to have changed his mind (surprise, surprise). He had Madero imprisoned, feeling that the people of Mexico just weren't ready for democracy.

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Historical Context Cont…

  • Once Madero was released from prison, he continued his battle against Díaz in an attempt to have him overthrown.

  • During this time, several other Mexican heroes began to emerge, including the well known Pancho Villa in the north, and the peasant Emiliano Zapata in the south.

  • They were able to overcome the Mexican army and gain control of their respective regions.

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Historical Context Cont…

  • Madero was eventually elected president, but received opposition from Emiliano Zapata.

  • Zapata felt Madero wasn’t acting quickly enough with his reforms and changes.

  • In November of the same year, Zapata denounced Madero as president and took the position for himself.

  • He chased out the estate owners and divided their lands up for the peasants.

  • Later, in 1919, Zapata was assassinated due to an order from General Pablo Gonzalez.

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Historical Context Cont…

  • It was during this time that the country broke into many different factions, and guerilla units roamed across the country destroying and burning down many large haciendas and ranches.

  • Overall, this was a time of political unrest in Mexico, which left the everyday citizens in constant fear of looting and violence by soldiers/militia.

Author s purpose
Author’s Purpose

  • Esquivel uses the revolution to explore themes of masculinity and gender identity.

  • She also explores the ideas of revolution and liberty, both literally with the war, and figuratively with Tita’s struggles within herself.

Main characters
Main 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, they have an 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