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Tita’s Bedspread Symbol Analysis

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Tita’s bedspread represents her resilient sense of survival and hope. Tita begins making the blanket after Pedro first expresses his plans to propose marriage, intending to have it ready for their matrimonial bed. After Pedro becomes engaged to Rosaura, Tita stays awake all night crocheting the blanket. Even after the marriage, she continues to crochet the blanket each night, adding different colors of yarn. The different colors represent the changes that happen in Tita’s life, all of which she survives and incorporates into her being. After her nervous breakdown when she hears of Roberto’s death, Tita leaves the ranch with nothing but her bedspread, which Chencha runs out to give to her before she leaves.

Tita’s Bedspread Quotes in Like Water for Chocolate

The Like Water for Chocolate quotes below all refer to the symbol of Tita’s Bedspread. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Anchor Books edition of Like Water for Chocolate published in 1995.
Chapter 1: January Quotes

Not that night, nor many others, for as long as she lived, could she free herself from that cold.

Related Characters: The Narrator (speaker), Tita de la Garza
Related Symbols: Coldness/ Chills, Tita’s Bedspread
Page Number: 19
Explanation and Analysis:

The narrator describes Tita’s emotional state on the night Pedro accepts Mama Elena’s offer to marry Rosaura. Shocked and devastated, Tita stays awake in her bed, sadly remembering when she first met Pedro. Chilled, she covers herself with the bedspread that she began crocheting the night that Pedro first declared his intention of marrying her. As she works on her bedspread, she is unable to warm up. She also feels a painful hunger that no amount of Christmas rolls can fill.

Tita’s state of cold reoccurs throughout the novel, always when she feels alone and unloved. In contrast, she and other characters (such as Gertrudis) feel warm and hot during moments of lust and passion. Tita’s continued work on the bedspread represents her persistent hope that she will feel love again, even when her prospects seem bleak.

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Tita’s Bedspread Symbol Timeline in Like Water for Chocolate

The timeline below shows where the symbol Tita’s Bedspread appears in Like Water for Chocolate. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: January – “Christmas Rolls.”
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Femininity and Women’s Roles Theme Icon
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...but her hunger and cold are insatiable. She stays awake weeping and crocheting the wedding bedspread she had begun when Pedro first declared his love, unwilling to “let it go to... (full context)
Chapter 3: March – “Quail in Rose Petal Sauce”
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Love Theme Icon
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Violence and Abuse Theme Icon
...each year by making the quail in rose sauce. That night, Tita works on her bedspread. Looking up at the night sky, she hopes that some of the heat from Gertrudis’... (full context)
Chapter 5: May – “Northern Style Chorizo”
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...and takes Tita with him. Crying, Chencha runs after the carriage to give Tita her bedspread. Tita has spent years crocheting mismatched yarns together, and now the bedspread is so long... (full context)
Chapter 6: June – “A Recipe for Making Matches”
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...Tita doesn’t know what to do with them now. Each day, she would crochet the bedspread with the yarns John bought her. One day, she wandered into a room outside, where... (full context)