Food and Behaviour.
One of the most important recurring themes in the novel, Like Water for Chocolate, is food. The title Like Water for Chocolate refers to a Mexican expression which is to making hot chocolate and instead of using milk water is used. The phrase “like water for chocolate it used for a person who is in a state of sexual arousal. The novel is about a young girl, Tita the youngest daughter of Mama Elena, a single mother. Tita being the youngest daughter cannot marry her love, Pedro as it is the De La Garza tradition that the youngest cannot marry and should stay home and take care of the mother. The whole novel was surrounded by food and every month represented a dish that Tita was preparing. Almost all dishes Tita prepared affected characters’ behaviour. In her novel Like Water for Chocolate, Laura Esquivel uses food to deeply influence and affect the characters’ lives.
At the start of the novel it shows Tita’s birth which was affected by food. Nacha used to say that Tita was so sensitive to onions that she could hear Tita crying inside her mother’s belly. One while Mama Elena was chopping onions Tita’s cries were so violent that she could not handle it and had to come out of her mother’s belly, this is how Tita was born. Onions had a great effect on Tita as she was prematurely and the reason is that she is sensitive towards them. After Tita was born she was not breast fed by her mother but by Nacha instead. The reason is that after Tita was born her father died and the news was so shocking to Mama Elena that here milk dried up. Mama Elena’s also had an effect on Tita, because she could not breast feed her and Nacha did she had more of a motherly bound towards Nacha than Mama Elena. If Mama Elena breast fed Tita maybe, just maybe their relationship would have been stronger and tighter than it is.
Another example is how food had a huge effect on both Rosaura and Gertrudis. While Tita was baking the wedding cake of Rosaura and Pedro some of...