she had to follow the tradition of not getting married and has to look over her mother
‘till her death.
She was a submissive young lady who always followed what her motherordered her to do.
This tradition ruined Tita’s love affair with Pedro.
As Tita grew upher beliefs and decisions have changed. Her views have changed, and she started tosearch for her freedom. This is also the reason why even after the death of Mama Elena,Tita is still haunted by her spirit. Mama Elena always says that Tita brought bad luck tothe family. This thought made Tita f
eel imprisoned under her mother’s control. Tita on
the other thought only wanted to claim her right to love and independence from hermother.
She was very unfortunate. Whenever she fails to meet her mother’s standards
especially with the food that she prepares, her mother would tend to beat her up. Shewas expected to grow as a good cook for she has spent all her life inside the kitchen.The kitchen tools are her toys. The kitchen is her playground and their chef, Chanchawas like her mother.From a flashback on the film of Like water for chocolate, when Tita was still a
child, she kept on going through her mother’s things and saw a jewelry box which shewas very curious of. After her mother’s burial, Tita found a reason to go over hermother’s
things and found the opportunity to open the jewelry box. There she found aletter of her mother which narrates her love affair with somebody else and stating that