Feminism In Julia Alvarez's In The Time Of The Butterflies

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Throughout history, women have made a name for themselves. By rising up and fighting for something that they believed in, the Mirabal sisters made a name for themselves in the Dominican Republic and in Julia Alvarez’s novel In the Time of the Butterflies. By applying a theory to a novel, readers can relate the book to the world they are living in today (Davidson). Feminism can be defined as a dynamic philosophy and social movement that advocates for human rights and gender equality (“Feminism”). Feminist Theory involves looking at how women in novels are portrayed, how female characters are reinforcing stereotypes or undermining them, and the challenges that female characters face (Davidson). Feminist Theory can be applied to In the Time of the Butterflies to show how female stereotypes are being reinforced throughout the novel and how women are portrayed. Feminist Theory can be applied to…show more content…
While Patria is talking to Pedrito about joining the revolution, Pedrito says, “Your first responsibility is to your children, your husband, and your home!” (Alvarez 166). Pedrito is furious that Patria even considers joining the revolution because she is expected to stay at home, while she cooks and cleans. Pedrito believes she is abandoning her family and her wifely duties if she were to join the revolution. In an article on Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context, a study was done in a book called The Feminine Mystique that talked about women and their duties. The article states women “[...]who played the domestic role of wife and mother, revealed that many respondents felt unhappy, bored, and limited in traditional domestic roles” (“Feminism”). In the article, women admit that staying home all the time gets old and they do not enjoy it. In the novel and in real life, women are bored of staying home and confirming social

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