In the movie Like Water for Chocolate the beginning of the movie it starts out being told by a narrator. Then it goes into it being told as it happens by Tita. I enjoyed the movie just as much as the book but I did like the dramatic scenes of the movie because it gave the viewers an idea of how things were in this time era more then it does in the book. Sometimes a good dramatic movie is worth seeing because you get intricate with it. In the book, the scenes that are dramatized in the movie are not dramatized in the book because it is harder to make something seem bigger than it is while reading it.
The book however put things in perspective of when it took place, by naming the chapters after the months that everything was happening unlike the movie where everything clashed together as a whole time line of events. The things you see or think about in a book are not the images that the author wants to you see in perspective but the way you read the words is how you see it. Putting both movie and book in perspective and after reading the book and watching movie I can say I enjoyed both. I do like the movie better however because it did give more dramatic scenes and story line then the book.
I like how in the movie Tita was portrayed as this much lovelier woman then her sister who married her boyfriend when she was younger. With this controversy you see much more in the movie then the book in my eyes. In retrospect both show the roles of women and men and how they are supposed to act in the society and family household. Women in the family were to cook, clean and take care of the family while the men were out working, bringing home money for the family. It is hard to see this in both however because Tita’s father died and Pedro you don’t see doing this as much as he probably should in both movie and book.
In the book, I can argue that when Tita was little she was in the kitchen with Nacha learning how to cook and prep the food for different occasions. She wanted her sister in there and have fun. “Tita managed to convince them to join her in watching the dazzling display made by dancing water drops dibbled on a red hot griddle…Rosaura was cowering in the corner, stunned by the display. Gertudis, on the other hand, found this game enticing…threw herself and showed her rhythm. Rosaura tried to join then…Rosaura resisted Tita trying to move her hands closer to the griddle….
Tita got spanked for that and was forbidden to let her sisters come in to her world of the kitchen” (Esquirel pg. 8). This whole scene in the book was in the first chapter, where as the scene in the movie was a short intricate of what happened in the kitchen. The scene in the movie was just when they were younger and Tita and Gertudis were throwing water onto the griddle, laughing and having fun. Another scene in the movie and book that are very separate and different is when Tita and Nacha were getting the ingredients for the cake they had to make for her sisters wedding.
In the book in the month of February it talks about how Tita and Nacha were making marmalade for the filling of the cake. In this chapter it is talked about how to prepare it, cook it and put it in the cake. “Nacha and Tita had made several jars of preserves apricot, fig, and camote with pineapple- the month before the wedding… Spared the task of making the marmalade the same day as the cake” (pg. 31). The book then goes on to talk about how to cook the marmalade and then also what Tita and Nacha have to do in order to cook it perfectly and not get burned by the fire.
They also talk about how the smell of the aroma fills the kitchen and the smell of the apricots is sweet and revising. In the movie, they show nothing about the marmalade being made or cooked. The only scene in the movie about the preparation of the wedding cake is when Tita and Nacha are prepping the batter for the cake. Tita cries into the cake because she is sad about the wedding, it should have been her being married not making the cake for it. These are only two differences that the movie and book have in comparison to the story.
There are many other differences that could be talked about that are major to the story but I like this two the best because they represent Tita’s life and what she did for her family. Many other sections of the book are not portrayed in the movie and in reality we cant get the entire aspect of the life of this family in the movie, like we can get while reading the book. After reading the book and after watching the movie we can kind of get an understanding of how family traditions were really important to these families during this time era especially in other countries.
In the Tita’s family the family tradition was that the youngest daughter was to never get married because she would have to take care of her mother until the day she died. That is why Pedro had to marry Rosaura and not Tita; even though he didn’t love her he loved Tita. Sometimes we depict the life of those in other countries as wanting us to be like us because we don’t want to see people in poverty or as being stricter then how they should be.
After reading the book and watching this movie the similarities and differences that are depicted throughout the story line. This story line is very dramatic and I like dramatic scenes because it shows more about it then it would if it sometimes it wasn’t over dramatic. I enjoyed the end of the movie better because it showed that Pedro and Tita still loved each other until the end of the movie. They proved that no matter what happens in their life they will wind up being together at the end. They die because of their love affair.