Study Guide

Like Water for Chocolate Characters

By Laura Esquivel

Tita De la Garza

Not your average protagonist, Tita's born prematurely on a kitchen table. Her knowledge is based...

Mama Elena

Ever seen Mommy Dearest? If you haven't, imagine the scariest, most violent and unjust mother you...

Rosaura De la Garza

Rosaura, Rosaura, Rosaura. What exactly are we supposed to feel for this woman? Sympathy?...

Gertrudis De la Garza

Rebel without a cause? Middle child issues? Whatever she's got, she's got it bad. The way we see...

Pedro Muzquiz

What to say about this man? Tita's true love, Rosaura's unfaithful husband, father of Roberto and...

Nacha

Although she's not around for much of the book, Nacha is a driving force behind Tita's strong...

Chencha

You gotta be careful what you say around Chencha; while she's nice enough, she's a huge...

Dr. John Brown

The lone gringo in the novel, he's definitely a prime example of "nice guys finish last." He...

Don Pascual

Pedro's father doesn't understand why Pedro agrees to marry Rosaura. He thinks true love and the...

Paquita Lobo

We think it's no coincidence that Paquita's last name means "wolf" in English. For some reason,...

Juan Alejandrez

Captain of the rebel forces in Mexico, local Don Juan, and capturer of Gertrudis's virginity and...

Roberto

The firstborn of Pedro and Rosaura, poor kid doesn't live very long. He dies because of eating...

Alex

Son of Dr. Brown, he marries Esperanza and is the father of the narrator.

Jose Trevino

Mama E's real love, he is the product of an illicit love affair between the elder Jose Trevino...

Juan De la Garza

Tita's father and Mama E's husband who she is forced to marry instead of Jose. When he finds out...

Esperanza

Niece of Tita, second child of Rosaura and Pedro, born 3 months premature, just like Tita. She is...

Morning Light

Spiritual healer, Kikapu Indian and another example of Indigenous women being given a hard time....

John's Grandfather

John's grandpa captures Morning Light and takes her to Texas to be his wife. Just about as...

Peter Brown and Mary Brown

John's great-grandparents.

Jesus Martinez

Sergeant Trevino

In Gertrudis's troop, he's in love with her but loses her to Juan. His sister and mother were...

Aunt Mary

Aunt Mary comes from Pennsylvania to attend John and Tita's wedding. She loves Tita's beans.

Jovita

Tita's teacher as a child, who was said to have been a widow at 18 with a baby, and eventually...

Lupita

The wet nurse hired to feed Roberto when Rosaura can't produce milk. Unfortunately, she is soon...

Father Ignacio

This guy shows up at all the important ceremonies of the De la Garza family and agrees with...

Nicholas, Rosaurio, Guadalupe, Felipe

They all work on the ranch.

Katy

She is the seventy-year-old North American who cooks for the doctor and takes care of his son, Alex.