Minerva's Role In The Dominican Republic

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The theme role of women emerges as Minerva 's role in the government comes to surface. Traditional views are challenged throughout the novel as right vs. wrong have different meanings to those urging for change as others struggle to see society as it truly is. As Dede says Why then, Minerva was an enemy of state...What she meant was she didn’t understand until that moment that they were really living—as Minerva liked to say—in a police state.”(Alvarez 164-165) describes not only the effect of the cage on Minerva, yet also the whole Dominican Republic.

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