Character Analysis: The Mirabal Sisters

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The Mirabal sisters, also known as La Mariposas, have been known throughout the Dominican Republic for participating in a major revolution against their unjust ruler, Rafael Trujillo. After years of the sisters’ hard-work, along with the others who were involved in the revolution, their work paid off when Trujillo's regime ended with his assassination. However, in order for them to have taken part in this act against Trujillo, the Mirabal sisters had to sacrifice several things from their lives, most importantly, their freedom and their relationship with their family. Many people believe that these sacrifices were not necessary because the sisters didn’t need to go to the extent where the end result would be them orphaning their children. Nonetheless,…show more content…
Because of their busy schedules, it was hard for them to spend a lot of time with their children and family, allowing them to become more distant with them, and eventually having them live with their aunt Dede’s house after they died. At first, when Minerva would have her son, Manolito, stay at her sister Patria’s house, Patria wouldn’t understand how she could leave her own child away from her for such a long time. She was going to ask why she was doing such a thing but then “[she] saw it did hurt her to make this sacrifice she was convinced she needed to make.” At first, Patria wonders why Minerva had to travel around for her activities if it meant having to distance herself from her son. She later realizes that Minerva doesn’t care, since participating in the revolution is what she believes in, and would affect the greater good.
Imagine life if the Mirabal sisters decided to back out of the revolution because they were afraid it would affect the relationship between themselves and their family. Dictatorship would prevail and no one would have their own rights. If everyone thought for themselves and their family only, and not for the greater good, revolutions would never take place since no one would care about anything but their own good. Because the Mirabal sisters decided to think of their country over their children, our country is how it is today; a democracy where everyone
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Instead of caring for their children and family, they decided to join a revolution, which in addition to sacrificing their family, also caused them their freedom. However, because the sisters sacrificed their freedom and family time to take part in the revolution, it eventually resulted in the murder of Trujillo. The hard work and dedication of the Mirabal sisters and those who also took part in the revolution helped shape the Dominican Republic to be a nation where people are
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