Comparison Essay Like Water for Chocolate vs. Things Fall Apart (Compare and Contrast the Recurring Theme of Traditions)

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Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel and Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe are two novels that revolve around the struggle of adapting to traditions. Both novels take place in areas where tradition is fundamental. Therefore, the characters act different than those around them and are unable to adjust to their traditional lifestyles. . The two main characters in both books, Tita and Okonkwo, find it hard to live up to their own traditions, and fail to adapt to them as they go against their people. In the novel Things Fall Apart, Okonkwo the main character, refuses to accept the new traditions because he thinks they are not manly enough. He believes that the political and religious reforms are intolerable. Okonkwo supposes that he…show more content…
In the beginning of the novel, Tita never faces the fact that she cannot marry and still insists for Pedro to come and ask for her hand in marriage. However, when he does, her mother advises him to marry Rosaura so he does. Tita is then mad and depressed but little does she know that Pedro did that in order to become close to her. This when Tita starts becoming isolated and loathes her sister and mother for doing such a thing. In addition, I believe that this tradition will be left behind or forgotten about by Tita because of her experiences. She will never put her daughters through what she has went through because she felt the misery and sorrow of that tradition. In Okonkwo’s case however, he is isolated from his own family because of his lack of emotion, which is also considered to be part of their traditions. Okonkwo never demonstrated his feeling towards anything because he considers this unmanly which is believed to be not part of their traditions. In contrast to Tita, Okonkwo started opening up to his family in the middle/end part of the novel. For example, when his daughter Ezinma is sick, Okonkwo worriedly makes medicine and does everything in his power to save his favorite child. Also, Okonkwo follows the priestess Chielo and Ekwefi when the priestess unexpectedly kidnaps Ezinma. For the second time, Okonkwo publicly displays emotions and compassion towards Ezinma. In conclusion, both books are based on customs, traditions and

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