Essay on Commentary on Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

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Commentary on Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

The novel Like Water for Chocolate is the story of a woman fighting tradition in quest for love and freedom. The novel has diverse relations of apathy and love between the characters. The author Esquivel illustrates these relations by the use of the colors red and white. Throughout the novel Like Water for Chocolate, Laura Esquivel uses the colors red and white to symbolize love and apathy in the relationships between the characters.

Laura Esquivel uses the color red to symbolize love and passion in relationships. In the following quote "Mamma Elena had come to get a sheet or something and had caught Tita red-handed."(p. 136) The little
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35) This quote shows that Tita is unable to see the red, in the icing, which symbolizes that she cannot see the love in the marriage between Pedro and Rosaura since the marriage was arranged. What she sees is the white icing of the cake that represents marriage, but not the red food coloring that represents love. These two quotes both exhibit red being used as a symbol for love and passion.

Laura Esquivel also uses the color white, which represents apathy to contrast the feeling for love, represented by the color red. "Tita stood as if in a trance, starting at the whiteness of the sheets, only for a few seconds. But long enough to cause a sort of blindness, wherever she looked she saw only white. When she looked at Rosaura who was writing out some invitations she saw only a snowy ghost". This quote also shows that Tita is fully aware that there is no love between Pedro and Rosaura. The quote states that Tita was being blinded by the color white, because she can't accept that fact that her love is going to marry her sister even though they do not love each other. Rosaura, who is the bride seemed like a white snowy ghost to Tita because Pedro did not love her and she doesn't love Pedro.

In the next quote Laura Esquivel integrates both the colors red and white in one paragraph to foreshadow Esperanza's doubtful future, "The Earth swallowed
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