Like Water for Chocolate


How does redemption apply to the themes?

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Redemption for the victimized is a common theme in the work. Those who commit wrongs are typically punished for their actions later. Mama Elena, who disciplines her daughter and keeps her from marrying, must later rely on the care of that daughter after she becomes paralyzed. Rosaura, who steals her sister’s lover and is obsessed with her public image, dies while passing gas and is shunned by her husband and friends because of her foul odor. Tita, who withstands the most abuse in the novel from family and lovers, is also the most triumphant by the novel’s end.