Water For Chocolate And Blood Wedding English Literature Essay

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The two Latin American literature, "Like Water for Chocolate" by Laura Esquivel and "Blood Wedding" by Frederico Garcia Lorca, are both written under the influence of the Latin American culture and historical events of that time. "LWFC" is set during the most important modernizing force in Mexican history, the Mexican Revolution of 1910-17 and "BW" is written during the early twentieth century when Spain was undergoing political and society changes. With these influences occurring around the authors, their novels provide insights to the cultural and societal values of the people of those times. On top of these aspects, there are also common rhetorical styles shared among these novels. One of which is the use of magical realism that often stands out in the Latin American novels, that are infused with distinct fantastic, mythical, and epic themes. The one that is going to be explored here is the use of motif of fire and passion by Esquivel and Lorca in their respective novel and play to portray the blindness of love expressed by each beloved couple.

Lorca, on the other hand, also employs the motif of love and passion to show the blindness of love through Leonardo and the Bride's affection. Lorca first introduces Leonardo as an already married man and that the Bride is also going to have her wedding. She then hints the reader that "he knows her" and that "they were seeing each other for three years" (Lorca 23). This, and along with Leonardo's ambiguous excuses and belies for being seen "on the far side of the plains," (Lorca 20) which is where the Bride lives, immediately creates suspicions for their current relationship. Meanwhile, through the author's narration of the Bridge and Bridegroom's wedding we understand that the society they live in is conservative and traditional, such as the way the Bridegroom come with luxurious material goods to ask for the hand of the Bridge or when Mother-in-law cries "Child!" (Lorca 24) to the Girl as a warning for that she thinks the Girl is over reacting in an inappropriate way when "she points to her thigh" (Lorca 24) while describing the roses on the stockings. For these reasons, when the family found out that the Bride has flee with Leonardo they decree that Leonardo must die for his transgression. Leonardo and Bride clearly knowing the consequences of their actions but they still choose to scarify to flee together, die together and carry the name of being an adulterer and intrigante, as expressed by Leonardo "I will love you always, /And I won't care about people/Or the poison that they spread" (Lorca 91) just because they fell so deeply in love with each other that they will do anything in order to stay together. Their passion and love for each other as seen through "These hands that are yours. They ache/To dig into your flesh/ And open each blue vein/To hear your murmuring blood. / I love you! I love you!" (Lorca 90) and "Your beauty makes me burn!" (Lorca 91) further emphasize their profound love that eventually blinds them from realizing the rights or wrongs of their actions but rather "Let's go!" (Lorca 91) Even though their love ended in tragedy but Lorca has highlighted a classical example of how love creates a strong affection in the eyes of a beloved couple.

All in all, Esquivel in her novel "Like Water for Chocolate" and Lorca in his play "Blood Wedding" has utilize the motif of love and passion to show that love is blind and that its power could blind people from all societal decrees, laws, traditions, or pressure that are suppressed onto the lovers.