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Like Water For Chocolate

BY: Jessica Murphy David Lipski Sean Burke Maciek Dziedziak

Sean Burke

on 29 June 2010

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Transcript of Like Water For Chocolate

Like Water for Chocolate By: Laura Espuivel Major Claim: People can suffer hardships, when they have to deny the one they love in order to follow cultural tradition. Sub Claim: Tita was not allowed to marry the one she loved, Pedro. Sub Claim: Tita and Pedro die when they finally can be together without judgement. Sub Claim: It took for Mama Elena to die for Tita to be set free from her daily duties. Evidence: "If he intends to ask for your hand, tell him not to bother. He'll be wasting his time and mine. You know perfectly well that being the youngest daughter means you have to take care of me until the day I die" (Esquivel 10). Warrant: Tita's mother did not accept Tita's wishes of getting married because of her cultural tradition bounding her to her mother for life. Evidence: "... Mama Elena came into the kitchen and informed them that she had agreed to Pedro's marriage-to Rosaura" (Esquivel 14). Warrant: Mama Elena was so stuck on making sure Tita stuck to tradition, that she made Tita's love,Pedro, marry her sister. Evidence: "For the first time in their lives Tita and Pedro could make love freely" (Esquivel 242). Warrant: Tita's mother had always stopped them from any kind of relationship and now that she was dead they could be together. Evidence: " Surely Pedro had died at the moment of extasy when he entered the luminous tunnel" (Esquivel 244). Warrant: When Pedro and Tita were together,Pedro died, nobody was was around to judge Pedro and Tita. Conclusion: We can conclude that cultural traditions can affect a person's life in positive or negative ways. Being restricted from your love can cause you to give unhappiness to those who you thought meant the most to you. Evidence: "When Pedro died the possiblity of ever lighting her inner fire, with him went all the candles" (Esquivel 244). Warrant: Tita is finally able to be with Pedro due to the circumstances of the tradition, and they both die the first time they are togehter. Evidence: "After that, there was nothing Mama Elena could do except eat what Tita cooked, but she took every possible precaution about it" (Esquivel 135) Warrant: Tita was forever tied to her mother, to do every duty/request her mother ever wanted untill the day Mama Elena died.
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