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Commentary on Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel The book Like Water for Chocolate is the narrative of a woman fighting heritage in quest for freedom and love. The novel has diverse relations of apathy and enjoy between the figures. The writer Esquivel exemplifies these relationships by the usage of the colors red and white. Through the novel Like Water for Chocolate, Laura Esquivel uses the colours white and red to signify love and apathy in the connections between the figures. Laura Esquivel uses the colour red to symbolize passion and love in relationships. In the next quote "Mamma Elena had come to find a sheet or something and had caught Tita red-handed." (p. 136) The little box which included mamma Elena's old love letters along with her previous love, Jose Trevino. Tita, being caught 'red-handed' may symbolize that her hands had been stained and infected with the love that was hidden inside the box. Another quote that reinforces the theme red is if Tita requested Nacha is she was to add more food coloring...