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Like Water For Chocolate

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Maggie Brenzel

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Transcript of Like Water For Chocolate

Tita uses knitting as a coping mechanism. John also recommends knitting as a therapy activity. (Riley, et al., 2013)
Role Loss:
“Tita, whose hands were now free of her mother’s orders, didn’t know what to ask of them. They could do anything or change into anything." (Aura, 1993)

Effect: Catatonic state
Recovers as her relationship with John develops.
Importance: Quality of life dramatically
decreased as a result
...defend our lives from chaos and whim…”
(Dillard as cited in Hasselkus, 2010)

Role Conflict:
Tita- Familial Roles conflicted with her role as Pedro's soulmate.
~Effect: Suppression of emotions, Loss of sense of self
(Hasselkus, 2011, p.71)
~ Importance: Roles can be restricting, Quality of life dramatically decreased as a result

Traditional Mexican culture and family:
Non material culture:
Tita's role
Very strict family dynamic
Family focused on public image
Material culture:
Traditional foods

(Drench et al., 2012, p. 37)
Work and Pleasure (
, 2014.)
Mary Reilly's Occupational Behavior Theory and Assumptions (Reilly, 1961, p. 81)

Wedding Cake
Quail in Rose Petal Sauce

Cooking within rituals shows stability as families and culture changes. (Shordike & Pierce, 2005)
Produced a cookbook as a way to exist beyond physical life by leaving a legacy. (J.Estes, personal communication, Nov. 4, 2014)
"Co-occupations are the most highly interactive types of occupation in which the occupational experiences of the individuals involved simply could not occur without the interactive responses of the other person or persons with whom the occupation is being experienced." (Pierce, 2005, p. 199)

Established an unspoken,
emotional connection
Formation of intimacy and a
metaphysical connection
"Every person has to discover what will pull his trigger to enable him to live. Because it is the explosive flare of a match that feeds our souls." (Aura, 1993)

Occupational Therapy and the rehabilitation of Tita
Relationship with Chencha
Love of food and cooking

(Molineaux, 2010)
Like Water For Chocolate
Tita's Primary Occupation- Cooking
Cultural Context
Class Discussion
Presented By: Maggie Brenzel
Katie Winoker
Kate Buescher
Lesson Learned: Role Dysfunction
Lessons Learned: Knitting
Lessons Learned : Co-Occupations
"...of course, it's important to light the matches one at a time, because if an intense burst of emotion were to ignite them all at once they would produce such a strong brilliance that before our eyes there would appear a tunnel..." (Aura, 1993)

Pedro's love

(Matuska & Christiansen, 2009, p. 150)
Lessons Learned: Occupational Imbalance
Arau, E. (Producer), & Arau , A. (Director), (1993). Como Agua Para Chocolate [Motion picture]. Mexico; Arau Films Internacional.
Drench, M. E., et al. (2012). Psychosocial aspects of health care (3rd ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.
Hasselkus, B. R. (2011). The meaning of everyday occupation (2nd Ed.). Thorofare, NJ: Slack, Inc
Like Water For Chocolate - Official Site - Miramax. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.miramax.com
Matuska, K., & Christiansen, C. (2009). A theoretical model of life balance and imbalance. In K. Matuska & C. Christiansen (Eds.) Life balance: Multidisciplinary theories and research, (pp. 149-164). Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press
Molineaux, M. (2010). Occupational science and occupational therapy: Occupation at center stage. In C.Christiansen & E. Townsend (Eds.) Introduction to occupation: The art and science of living (2nd ed.), pp.359-383. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson
Set in 1910 in Mexico
Illustrates the story of a young woman named Tita de la Garza, and her unrequited love for Pedro Muzquiz.
Pedro agrees to marry Tita's sister, Rosaura.
Rosaura gives birth to a son.
Rosaura and Pedro and sent to live with another relative and there, their son dies. Tita falls into a comatose-like state and is sent away to recover with Dr. John Brown.
Dr. John courts Tita and they get engaged.
Mama Elena is murdered by passing revolutionaries.
Rosaura gives birth to a daughter, Esperanza.
Tita and Pedro finally succumb to passion and have sex. Tita's engagement to Dr. John is called off.
Twenty years pass, Rosaura has died leaving Pedro and Tita free to be together,Esperanza and it is Esperanza wedding,,so Pedro and Tita free to be together.
Pedro dies and Tita sets herself on fire.
Plot Synopsis
Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domains and Processes, 3rd ed. (2014)
Pierce, D.A. (2005). The sociocultural dimension of occupation. In D. A. Pierce (Ed.) Occupation by design (pp197-217). Philadlphia, PA: F.A. Davis.
Reilly, M. (19610. Occupational therapy can be one of the great ideas of 20th century medicine. in R. Padilla (Ed.),
A professional legacy
, 2nd. ed. (pp. 80-93). Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.
Riley, J., Corkhilll, B., & Morris, C. (2013). The benefits of knitting for personal and social wellbeing in adulthoof: Finds from an international study. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 76(2), 50-57.
Shordike, A., & Pierce, D. (2005) Cooking up Christmas in Kentucky.
Journal of Occupational Science
, 12, 140-148.


Questions to Consider:

What aspects of a collectivist culture do we see in this film? What impact did this have on the character's choice of occupation?

Why do we think Tita was drawn to cooking as her primary occupation?

Lessons Learned: Importance of Occupation
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