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Laura Esquivel's Like Water for Chocolate

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Can a book truly relay a cultural aspect of a culture well enough so that we see the true cultural believes of a country? To this I think yes, “Like Water for Chocolate” by Laura Esquivel represents many cultural aspects of the Mexican cultural life style throughout the entire novel using everything from small cultural references to large references. This is due mainly to Laura Esquivel being from Mexico and having string cultural beliefs. Laura Esquivel from what Gale Contextual Encyclopedia tells us “Esquivel was born on September 30, 1950, in Mexico City, the daughter of Julio Caesar, a telegraph operator, and Josephine Esquivel.”(Gale encyclopedia, 560). From her being so tied to her culture we get a deeper point of view on the Mexican cultural practices. In “Like Water for Chocolate” we see the true cultural beliefs and ties come out of Laura through Mama and through the use of recipes as a transition into chapters. Mexican culture is always present in this novel from many different aspects of culture in the novel. We see a big conflict come from this religious belief as Tita tries to marry Pedro but by her being the youngest sibling she must wait for her mother to die. While the novel depicts this seen well it shows the true commitment that Tita and her family have to their religion. As we see more into Tita’s life we see Tita give up on marring Padro. After her forgetting about Pedro he goes and marries Rosaura, and Tita falls in love with John. The whole story then gets thrown when Mama dies and comes back to haunt Tita for her relationship with Pedro. The idea of the afterlife is presented to us in this part showing us how big of an influence life after death has on Mexican religion. This novel takes place through all twe...

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