Julia Alvarez’s In the Time of the Butterflies is a work of historical fiction which is about four sisters who fight the oppressive leader, Rafael Trujillo, in the Dominican Republic. Dede, Minerva, Maria Teresa, and Patria Mirabal are the four sisters who go against Trujillo, that are the epitome of a person’s courage, faith, compassion, and growth. These sisters come together and use these exemplary characteristics to fight an oppressive regime. The theme of the courage and strength to stand up to tyranny in In the Time of the Butterflies is best exemplified through the character of Minerva Mirabel, through her courage to stand up to Rafael Trujillo. Minerva is one of the oldest sisters, which one could tell by her maturity and strength that is shown throughout the book.
And for weeks afterwards, she avoided her sisters”(177). Choosing to not join the revolution made Dedé feel weak, but ultimately this decision is what saved her life. By following her instincts, comparatively to how butterflies follow their inner compass, she was able to be the lone surviving Mirabal sister. After her sisters deaths she became more involved in the movement and she grew braver. Dedé is a butterfly because she followed her instincts, but was able to be brave when the time
Religion deepens the reader's understanding of what the characters in the book are going through as well as the situation in the Dominican Republic under Trujillo’s 31 year regime. The role of religion in the book In the Time of the Butterflies develops Patrias character. This becomes evident when Patria says, “No one had to tell me to believe in God or to love everything that lives. I did it automatically like a shoot inching its way towards the light,” (44). As a reader just being introduced to the character Patria with this quote you can clearly tell Julia Alvarez’s intent on how we look at Patria.
After that the boy was left alone while the lady went to go do something. He didn’t want to run because he never knew what it felt like to be trusted. He wanted the lady to trust him so he didn’t run. At the end, Mrs. Jones gave Roger money for the blue shoes.
In the novel In the Time of the Butterflies, Julia Alvarez uses Minerva and Dede to discuss gender roles because both the characters of Minerva and Dede respond to gender roles in completely different ways. To begin, once the challenges of Trujillo become more intense, Dede finds herself unable to handle it, “She shuts her eyes tight and wished blindly that everything would turn out all right” (pg. 78). This statement is important because it illustrates the gender roles women should take on throughout the novel. Specifically, this quotation shows how Dede hopes for her husband find a solution to the issue at hand, as she closes her eyes instead of facing the problem.
Courage Courage is strength in the face of pain. Julia Alvarez portrays different types of courage in her novel, In the Time of the Butterflies. The novel is set during the time of Trujillo's dictatorship in the Dominican Republic. As a result, some of the Mirabal sisters; Minerva, Maria Teresa, and Patria, to take a step in joining a revolution against him. Focusing on Patria, after listening to advice about joining the revolution she has made her final conclusions about what she wanted to do about the situation.
Minerva is the heart and soul of Las Mariposas’ revolution for freedom because of her restlessness and determination for change. She is the ringer leader of “Las Mariposas” and appears to be the bravest. Though Minerva may was never considered domestic, she did not originally have a revolution on her mind. She dreams of going to law school and is determined to attend no matter how long it takes. Having seen Trujillo’s injustice, Minerva’s interest in the revolution is sparked by meeting Lío, and grows through her experiences in the capital.
My grandfather and father were firemen. In my sleep, I ran after them." Captain Beatty visits Montag, Beatty realizes the signs of Montag stealing a book. Beatty gives Montag a lecture on why books are not good for society, but Montag doesn't listen to Beatty.
Julia Alvarez’s In the Time of the Butterflies is a work of historical fiction set in the Dominican Republic under the rule of Rafael Trujillo. The tragic story depicts the life of four sisters rebelling against a deadly dictator and trying to make a justified society. Dedé, Patria, Minerva and Maria Teresa Mirabal unit together to fight against an oppressive and destructive government. These four individuals are composed of different and unique characteristics form together to create a threatening power towards an unjust group of leaders. The theme of coming-of-age and identity in the novel In the Time of the Butterflies is best exemplified through the character of Maria Teresa because of her character development from a immature and
In In the time of the butterflies, Julia Alvarez uses emotional moments to demonstrate the change in personality of Maria Teresa. Change is the always happening to everyone and there is no way to avoid it. People always try to avoid change, but most change that is related to personal growth, is good, as long as someone learns to adapt to it. Maria Teresa embraces change and because of this, she is able to become a stronger person and learn how to not become put down by other people. In the beginning of the book, Maria Teresa is talking about her diary and she loves to write in it.