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Detailed Plot Synopsis of Like Water for Chocolate

Tita is the cook for her family. She has a special relationship with the food she cooks, namely that she can, subconsciously, put her emotions into the food she eats. On her 16th birthday, her boyfriend Pedro comes to ask for her hand in marriage. Unfortunately for Pedro and Tita, Tita's mother believes in the family tradition that youngest child (Tita) will stay to take care of her mother until she dies. For consolation, Tita's mother offers her sister, Rosaura, in place of Tita. Pedro accepts, knowing this to be his only way to be near Tita everyday. The saddened Tita has to prepare food for the wedding. She does, but it turns out her misery and longing somehow got in the food. The wedding is a disaster because everyone is either feeling great longing or they're vomiting. As the years go by, Pedro and Tita have a love affair without anyone noticing while other strange, magically occurances, some funny, some serious, occur.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1900-1920's Love Triangles/Polygons    -   Yes What kind:    -   one man--two sisters If one lover chases another...    -   they alternate

Main Male Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Sex makes him    -   confident    -   obedient    -   blissful    -   sensitive    -   a better lover

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   chef/cook Magical/mental powers of main antagonist:    -   clairvoyant    -   can cast all sorts of spells Effect of sexing    -   confident    -   obedient    -   a better lover    -   blissful

Setting

The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   Mexico Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   farm    -   ranch Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment What % of story is romance related?    -   nearly 100% How explicit is the sex?    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   Boob talk Focus of story    -   Her How much dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog How much sexing?    -   no sex

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