When Mate finds out that Minerva is sneaking out to secret meeting she asks her why she would do that. Mate writes in her diary that Minerva’s response was, “She wanted me to grow up in a free country” (Alvarez 39). Minerva is noble because she fights for others freedom. She is also one of the sisters that most people look up to because of her courage. She encourages others to join her and makes her sisters a big part of the revolution.
If you question Trujillo’s leadership or rebel against him, there is a chance you will die. By killing the Mirabal sisters, Trujillo maintains his power by showing everyone else what he is capable of doing. Killing the Mirabal sisters instills fear in others around them because everyone knows what Trujillo is capable of. Trujillo instills this fear in people so nobody else will question his
By recounting numerous tragedies and their effect on people throughout the story, Alvarez emphasizes the wickedness behind suppressing one’s unassailable rights while also underlining the importance of sacrifice. The difficulties of the Mirabal family to live under the Trujillo rule and still resemble a family ultimately culminate in the deaths of Maria Teresa, Minerva, and Patria and the removal of Rafael Trujillo. Readers are more adept to connect and respect the story of the Mirabals due to Alvarez’s constant reverent tone. Though lacking the same valor as each sister, Julia Alvarez does carry the same sense of passion in herself and for human rights. In the Time of the Butterflies will be a novel remembered throughout the ages, just as Julia Alvarez had
After the sisters find out about their husband’s prison transfers, Minerva says, “Not only was there nothing in the world we could do to save the men, there was nothing in the world we could do to save ourselves either” (Alvarez 283). Minerva knew her eventual fate but put the people of the Domincan Republic’s lives over her own. Just as Minerva is about to go up the mountain she would soon get murdered on she says, “I don’t know quite how to say this, but it was as if we were girls again. Walking through the dark part of the yard, a little afraid, a little excited by our fears, anticipating the lighted house just around the bend” (Alvarez 297). Minerva outlines in this quote that despite her massive evolution into a symbol of political rebellion, she still sometimes feels like she’s a child again.
Silence and storytelling are pivotal themes that run throughout in Maxine Hong Kingston’s ‘The Woman Warrior.’ They are themes that coincide with each other in a major impactful way on both Maxine as the author, the characters she writes about and the audience who reads her stories. Kingston shows the important consequences of being silent in society and how telling stories can break through these moulds that patriarchal societies once set up for women not only in Chinese culture but relating all over the world in a way that also helps readers gain an insight into their own cultural legacy. Telling stories is a tradition that has been around for centuries and the passing on of family stories is of extreme importance for our own sense of identity. It also leaves a person with a cultural identity as seen in ‘The Woman Warrior’ by Maxine Hong Kingston. Maxine’s mother, Brave Orchid, tells her many stories in her native tongue, Chinese, and these stories show patriarchal interdictions and warnings.
‘Don’t you ever try that again.’” Cabllo knows what julian is trying to do so he is not letting it pass so he is trying to scare julian to stop Ch. 19: “He’s afraid of losing control again. He doesn’t want to hear anything about how Caballo does the job, as long as he gets it done.” How do you think the children at Camp Kendal feel, knowing that the person in charge of caring for them is turning a blind eye to Caballo’s horrible behavior? Ch. 22: Batista is the dictator that Cuba is fighting to overthrow.
As a result, women often demonstrate a high ability to respond to the needs and feelings of the people in their lives. Alvarez’s depiction of the Mirabal sisters reflects these principles as her characters mature into strong women by learning the value of selflessly caring for others. The Mirabals’ concern for people contrasts to Trujillo’s character, which Alvarez portrays as violent, selfish and petty. Alvarez's focus on gender stresses the achievements of the Mirabal sisters. They live in a country and era in which essentialist assumptions of sexual identities and gender roles are clearly defined and categorized in men or masculine whom hold positions of authority and feminine or women whom of largely maintain domestic roles.
This is the story of the four Mirabal sisters during the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo in the Dominican Republic. At school, one of the sisters, Minerva, meets a girl, Sinita, who later became one of her best friends. Sinita eventually confided in Minerva the truth about Trujillo - that their "glorious" leader was a killer. The sisters make a political commitment to overthrow the Trujillo regime. They are harassed, persecuted, and imprisoned, all while their family suffers retaliation from the Military Intelligence Service (SIM).
She rolled up the legs of her trousers to the knees, crossed the stream, and, for the first time in her life, headed down the hill for Heart” (Hosseini 30). This took great courage to take the actions that Mariam did because typically, people stay with what they know and understand, not taking any chances to lose what they hold dear to themselves. She later finds that her father bluntly lied to her through his chauffeur while she sleeps on the streets. When she goes home, she finds her mother dead. Soon after, she was forced to marry Rasheed, her second act of bravery.
For example this point, is evidence in the chapter ‘’the key’’, when Mrs.Nasrine (her maid) said that ‘’they gave this to my son at school. They told the boys that if they went to war and were lucky enough to die, this key would get them into heaven’’ (p.99), in this frame is represented, the way that children were manipulated to take his own innocence, to do part of the revolution in a silent way, and how they were marginalized, because they really do not know why they have to use the different things that law told them to use. Also Mrs. Nasrine said: ‘’they told him that in paradise they were plenty of food, women and houses made of gold and diamonds’’ (p.100), this exposes how revolution is affecting their emotions , by taking away the fear, to manipulate and hide them in some way what was really happening in the war. A critical moment in the book was when Marji prove the cigarette and after that she affirms:’ with this first cigarette, I kissed childhood goodbye’’ (p.117). This sentence shows how much war is affecting their own innocence by make children grow up faster, in a different way because they were very affected by the war.