Tita is the youngest daughter and is forbidden to have any kind of relationship with a man. Although she knows it’s wrong because her mother says so, she still has strong feelings for a young man named Pedro. Mama Elena having all the power has Tita on her toes about even looking at Pedro in any way. She spitefully has Pedro marry the eldest sister Rasuara. The feuding that goes on in the De LaGarza family mirrors the Mexican Revolution. The Mexican Revolution was about many different political views and beliefs on how the country should be governed. They all disagreed with each others views and fought each other for power. The same goes for this family. Tita has disagreed with Mama Elena and despises her for enforcing them on her. Tita also starts to despise Rasuara for accepting Pedro’s hand in marriage and having Esperanza care for her until she dies. Tita does many things to avoid these traditions and in a sense her actions can be compared to a rebellion. Each other’s views are completely different but deep down the love for one another is still there.
Mama Elena is a very strong woman who believes she needs no man in any way. I believe she has used Tita in place of a man. Her daughter Tita does everything a man can do. She is her maid, cook, daughter and punching bag all in one. Without Tita she would be lost. I’m sure there are many ways to look at it but was it completely wrong to raise her child to know how to care for herself and be a strong will powered woman? What mama wanted was a daughter that could cook, clean and do laundry. She also wanted someone who could keep the ranch going when she unable to. She knew very well Rasaura and Gertudis were always watched by herself and Nacha. They didn’t have the willingness or love for the kitchen like Tita. Being stern with Tita has molded her into a strong woman who not only Pedro wants but Dr.John as well.
When Tita was born and started to see she loved to be in the kitchen, Mama started to take time for herself. When she is hungry Tita goes out and kills the animal to cook. Although Tita must do all this, she takes pride in her cooking. She has come to realize that food is what holds memories .In Like Water for Chocolate, it significantly shows that food not only connects a family together physically; it also connects generations and ties in the history of the family. The narrator emphasizes the fact that