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Literature: Creative Writing: Persuasive Revolution In Like Water For Chocolate By Laura Esquirel Prolongs As Tita (Daughter) Maintains Her Lack Of Strength, And Tolerance For Mama Elena.

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Revolution in Like Water for ChocolateThroughout the history of humankind, revolutions have established changes in traditions. Revolutions also occur in households when traditions interfere with the values of a person. In the book, Like Water for Chocolate, by Laura Esquirel a major revolution develops between mother and daughter, Mama Elena and Tita. Like most revolutions, traditions contribute a major role. Tradition states that the youngest daughter must not marry, but must take care of the mother until she dies. Mama Elena seems to be restricting all freedom her youngest daughter has, even after death as a spirit. The revolution between the mother and daughter persists until the end. The existence of their revolution continues and prolongs as Tita maintains her lack of strength, and tolerance for Mama Elena.Mama Elena opposes Tita from the beginning. To illustrate, when a young man asks for Tita's hand in marriage, Mama Elena refuses to hear any more about the subject. She informs Tita, "If he intends to ask for your hand, tell him not to bother . . ." (Esquirel 10). From that moment on Tita swore "to protest her mother's ruling," (11) and realizes the hopelessness of her situation. The riot continues to build until after many years of torment by her mother, Tita leaves the De la Garza family ranch. During Tita’s absences, Mama Elena becomes paralyzed by bandits. Tita again, feels compelled to return to the ranch and care for her strict mother. In returning, Tita senses her return “humiliates her mother” (130) because of how cruelly Mama Elena treats her in the past. At this return, Mama Elena wins another battle over Tita however, she provokes a new conflict: Tita’s sympathy.Mama Elena’s opinion on Tita does not change even with her kind offers and assistance. The on going opposition sustains, as Tita is sympathetic and weak towards her mother. When Tita makes dinner for her mother, she brutally rejects her kindness. Tita "didn't understand Mama Elena's attitude.” (130) Mama Elena was stubborn, “It was beyond her comprehension that one person, whatever her relationship with another, could reject the kind gesture in such a brutal manner . . ." (130-131). After going through that, Tita believed that some things would at least undergo change. Of course nothing changes because Mama Elena sees her daughter as she saw her self years ago. After her mother's death Tita, is enlightened at the discovery of her mother's secret.Tita discovers the reason behind her mother's personality from these hidden letters.The letter states: "José was the love of her life. She hadn't been allowed to marry him because he had Negro blood in his veins . . . When Mama Elena's parents...

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