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.
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: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Anchor Books edition of Like Water for Chocolate published in 1995.).
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.”
Chapter 3: March – “Quail in Rose Petal Sauce”
Chapter 5: May – “Northern Style Chorizo”
...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”