Patria was the only one spared, besides Dedé, who never joined her sisters in the revolution. (Wasn’t that a wise choice?) Before arresting Patria’s husband and son, the secret police ravage their home, tearing apart everything they own and burning the remains. This is one example of the evil tactics the secret police used in order to spread fear and prevent the Dominicans from rebelling. After witnessing the life she built being burned to the ground and her husband and only son snatched away from her, Patria collapses, crying, tearing up the grass at her feet, and wailing up to the heavens in grief.
As the eldest sister, Patria is introduced as a motherly figure toward her sisters. She married at a young age and was happy being a wife and mother. Her Christianity is central to her character, and although it was tested due to the death of her stillborn child, a retreat in the mountains with her church group profoundly affects both her faith and her view of the rebellion. At the retreat, Patria witnesses a young rebel, not much older than her own daughter, being shot and killed by Trujillo’s guard force.
Look at what Trujillo did to the society of the Dominican Republic, he brainwashed all the people into what he thinks right, and that's the worst crime you can ever do to a person, which is make them feel powerless and speechless in a society. But also looking at the tone of Partia she does not seemed to be fazed that she is praying to the wrong man, so it seems like she has fallen into the trap of “Trujillo is the one who will get us out of this mess”. Again we see Patria fall in love with the idea that Trujillo and God are together it is as if they merged faces as Patria mentioned before. ”Minerva could tell. One day, we were lying side by side on the hammock strung just outside the galería.
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. Julia Alvarez uses Patria's faith in God as an illustration of courage. Patria is a very religious person. She used her faith in God to help her get through difficult situations demonstrating moral, physical, and emotional courage in time of danger.
Machuca family stands strong with President Allende and his socialist beliefs, holding true that he will bring a change for the poor Chileans whom he represents. At a pro- Allende march Machuca and Silvana are both shouting pro-Allende chants and calling the upper class mummies. Infante’s mother however goes to anti-Allende demonstration, and though she is hesitant to participate at first she partakes in the actions and calls for Allende to resign from presidency, along with the rest of the crowd. Infante’s sisters boyfriend can even be seen wearing the symbol of the Patria y Libertad an authoritarian Anti-Allende group that would cause intentional terror throughout the streets, in order to instill fear in the lower
'She always gets called to work in the sheds, she cooks now, and takes care of the babies as well as their own mother. '"(p.230) Esperanza learns to accept the fact that she may never have her old life back. " Miguel had been right about never giving up. "(p.250)
Lourdes, Enrique’s mother, loved her children as every mother does and did anything in her power to provide for them even if it meant to travel 1,619 miles into a foreign country. Many parents like Lourdes have left their entire families for job opportunities and risk their lives through the dangerous journey but they have the hope and motivation because of love— love for their sons and daughters. Even Enrique found himself doing the same for his soon-to-be-born baby which was one of the components that made him persevere in his
In Julia Alvarez’s In the Time of the Butterflies the theme of entrapment is seen multiple times throughout the book, mainly to represent the authoritarian regime of Trujillo. There are several different types of entrapment in the book but the main three are the discovery of entrapment, physical entrapment and the roles of women holding back the women from fulfilling their destinies. These three point mainly surround Minerva, who can be considered the bravest sister for being the first one to get involved with the revolution, but the other sisters deal with entrapment as well.
Her anxiety and the fear of what will happen if the D.R. police were to find her and her family. Like her children, Yo’s mother can be represented just like the children told the tale of El Cuco. Consumed by the fear of Rafael’s dictatorship, she believes that if not well behaved, she, along with her family—will be taken away and punished for not following the rules. Also living in the United States, she must concern herself with Child Protective Services (CPS), an organization known for taking children from their parents, if neglect/abuse is heavily suspected. Not as harsh as Rafael and his police force, but for a parent like Yo’s
Through La Rosa Almeada was learning to manage her own life, how to problem solve on her own. Someone to look after her which she did not get from her parents, a role model, and she knew La Rosa was there in case of a crisis, Also case management allowed La Rosa to monitor Almeada's progress. With La Rosa as a case manager Almeada had an advocate for services for her and baby Anne. It is scary to think about the challenges Almeada would have faced without the support of human services.
The abusive husband is Juan Pedro. Juan Pedro wants to take Cleofilas and move to Seguin, Texas and start a new life there. He can’t get a decent job and they live in a low-end home. He takes his frustration out on Cleofilas. He beats her, cheats on her, and yells at her for things that are not her fault.
Over the years of fitting in, she enjoyed her independence but believed it “…didn’t have to be an exile…” (Alvarez 1304) from her native ways. In regaining her identity, she believes she must reconnect with her favorite childhood “…antojos, guavas…” (Alvarez 1300). In finding and eating the guavas, it is her way of reconnecting with her family and calling back the memories of the once Dominican