It was essential to his act of being the saviour/father of the nation. He was referred to as El Jefe, by his public/children, a term that was used with a mixture of reverence and endearment. Alvarez sets up Minerva’s own father, Enrique Mirabal, as a sort of Trujillo like figure, albeit at a much smaller scale. Rosa Linda Fregoso in her essay “Julia Alvares, In the Time of Butterflies” point out that “At the micro-level, Alvarez uses images of an authoritarian father and Catholicism to question the twin pillars of women’s oppression in provincial Dominican society. The patriarch of the Mirabal family embodies male privilege in Latin American families, directing his controlling gaze primarily at his most rebellious daughter, Minerva” (Fregoso
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. In the novel, the dictatorship of Trujillo caused many people to demand a revolt against him, one of the many people was Patria.
A significant piece of figurative language that the author included in the novel,” In The Time of Butterflies “ is, “I can see my hand in an endless slow-motion rise a mind all its own and come down on the astonished, made up the face(Alvarez 100).” This example of personification tells us about in the book when Minerva slapped Trujillo. Although hands don't usually have a mind of their own, this connects to the type of character that Minerva is. This shows how brave and very mischievous she is. Minerva doesn't really care about high power Trujillo is she feels that everyone is equal in her eyes and no one should be looked at different. Another figurative piece that the author included in the novel is “ Trujillo is a devil, “ Sinita said as
Bertrande expresses her true thoughts and decisions internally, but is unable to openly share them with society due to the feudal and patriarchal society being a barrier for women like her. Bertrande has a strong link to Catholicism and when Arnuad du Tilh is faced in court, they have no option but to give him a death sentence. However, Bertrande completely opposes this case in “not demanding [Arnaud 's] death.” Regardless of Bertrande’s choice, no one listens to her as they believe it is the for the best that Arnuad du Tilh should not live anymore due to the sins he has committed. This signifies that although Bertrande has voiced her opinions there is no possibility that she is going to have a significant impact on society that deters women from their choices and decisions. This scene is followed by when Bertrande feels she is being dragged “down at every step,” by the “burden of her sin.” This shows that
The Puritan colonies in America were characterized by rigid standards in both the church and state. They had to be harsh and possess perseverance in order to survive in the New World. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter has preserved in literature a certain perspective as to the harsh Puritan judgement and lives we believed them to have lived. While Hawthorne includes historical details and settings in his book, he does take liberties in his fictional story of the justice system and punishments used by the Puritans. The Puritan colonies in New England were characterized by a church centered society.
The Corday-Marat Affair Throughout the Enlightenment, revolutionary ideas of natural man dramatically shifted the traditional political sphere—the ancién regime—within France. Aiming to topple the totalitarian regime of the divine monarchy, the rhetoric of innate and natural rights of all man spearheaded the French Revolution of the late 18th century. Although the people fought for liberty, equality, and fraternity for all citizens, it became evident that women were not privileged to these innate rights in the public arena. For example, if a woman devised and carried out a politically driven assassination, her very involvement and political message could be excluded from art depicting the event. Therefore, her plight was destined
Mexican society tends to be religious, that is why the elements of Catholicism can be observed in many areas of Mexican’s life. This essay will investigate the Christian motives in Mexican literature, namely, the novel by Juan Rulfo “Pedro Paramo”. In this paper I will argue that the novel “Pedro Paramo” shows a typical view of Mexican Catholicism by focusing on Mexican beliefs of purgatory and ghosts, its role and image in the novel. Investigating its influence on plot and characters and making a comparison with The Bible and Catholic Doctrine of Purgatory’s description of these terms are crucial parts of the essay. Latin American society is strictly Catholic due to historical reasons of being colonies of Catholic Spain and Portugal, therefore the influence of Catholic Church is very sensible, especially in literature.
Tradition in Mexico as portrayed in Like Water for Chocolate means that Tita is prohibited to marry because it is her responsibility to care for her mother until she passes away, “…you have to take care of me until the day I die…” (Esquivel 9). It is evident that the culture in Esquivel’s text dictates the place and role of women. Tita’s mother, Mama Elena De la Garza is a cruel and harsh woman who is far removed from the conventional view of mothers. Mama Elena is rather portrayed as an evil parent; a twisted, tyrannical, and authoritarian, woman who enjoys using her power to destroy and demean her daughters whilst being “…merciless, killing with a single blow…” (Esquivel 47). Mama Elena keeps Tita on surveillance and impedes any chance for Tita to find love.
The New England Colonies were a Puritanical society, who preached against excess. The Chesapeake colonies were part of the Anglican church, who had to take oaths of allegiance before they could leave for the New World (Doc. C). The Chesapeake colonies were located in an environment that was perfect for crops such as tobacco and rice, which lead to a strong economy. The New England colonies had a much harsher climate, which didn’t allow for as much farming.
Julia Alvarez's historical novel, In The Time of the Butterflies, captures the lives of the Mirabal sisters and the Dominican Republic under the appalling dictatorship of Trujillo. Unfortunately, in a dangerous scheme to overthrow Trujillo, the Mirabal sisters meet their tragic fate. Before their death, these martyrs dodged through dozens of obstacles. In the Dominican Republic, it was extremely difficult for women to be respected and taken seriously because they were seen as domesticated and inferior. This old ideology of gender roles gravely affected the Mirabal sisters and their participation in their revolution against Trujillo; however, they still managed to challenge these gender limitations throughout the book.