In the Dominican Republic between the 1930s and 1960s, there was a family of sisters who was determined to make a change for the people of their country. Trujillo was an unruly, brutal, vicious dictator who ruled with an iron fist. Under his rule, anyone who would step out of line would be killed. This would include spreading word about how he ran his country. Trujillo made sure he knew what everyone was doing by deploying spies near most homes and businesses. The Mirabal sisters wanted freedom, not just for themselves, but for everyone. Minerva was just a young lady who was born on a farm with her sisters Patria, Dede, and Maria Teresa then one day Minerva asked her father to allow her and two of her sisters to go with her then one day
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In In The Time of the Butterflies, Julia Alvarez utilizes the power struggle between Trujillo, dictator of the Dominican Republic in 1994 and the Mirabal sisters, who try to overthrow the government, as a means to demonstrate the power struggle the people faced during this time period of Trujillo’s reign. Trujillo is a man who thrives on power and put spies in place to make sure that none of the people were even hinting towards a revolt. When Papa makes a snide comment about Trujillo being a female ruler, in that moment, “the dark fills with spies who are paid to hear things and report them down at Security” (Alvarez 10). This was the beginning of the end of three out of the four Mirabal sisters. Trujillo posts his face on every newspaper, book cover, and anything that people commonly use in order to promote how great he is.
Trujillo was a dictator who wanted to rule everything in Dominican Republic. Literally, he wanted to control everything including people’s thought. People who disagree or set themselves against him would end with tragedy. “The Reign of Trujillo was not the best time to be a
In the period quickly following the death of General Rafael Trujillo, known as "El Jefe," the Dominican Republic was in shambles. The country was under the control of a three-man junta which, with the assistance of the United States, was getting ready for presidential races. In 1963, Juan Emilio Bosch Gaviño was chosen President of the Dominican Republic; that same year, just a couple of months after his initiation, he was removed from the administration by the Dominican military that later settled another three-mean junta in Bosch's place. In 1965, Francisco Alberto Caamaño Deñó drove what was known as the Caamaño Revolt, the opening salvo in the Dominican Civil War.
Minerva also explicitly states to Mate that “we Mirabals [have] to set a good example” (236). This further shows that Minerva is setting an example for her sisters and her fellow citizens quite like how the roman goddess Minerva also sets an example for her family and her patron cities. For example when Minerva refuses to give her crucifix to the guards and the guards forcibly take her out to solitary confinement, “a voice from one of the cells they passed called out, Mariposa does not belong to herself alone. She belongs to Quisqueya! Then everyone was beating on the bars, calling out Viva la Mariposa” (238).
Since she was very religious she didn’t join the movement but she let them have the movement at her house and she was supposed to go to jail too but she didn’t because the SIM didn’t see her. When Minerva and Maria were in jail they had to separate because Minerva was being her old self and was still going against Trujillo’s word, and they stayed in there for 7 months, they were not eating like they used to they were just treating the women
Instead of caring for their children and family, they decided to join a revolution, which in addition to sacrificing their family, also caused them their freedom. However, because the sisters sacrificed their freedom and family time to take part in the revolution, it eventually resulted in the murder of Trujillo. The hard work and dedication of the Mirabal sisters and those who also took part in the revolution helped shape the Dominican Republic to be a nation where people are
Watching Josephina Baez’s preform Dominicanish reminded me of seeing people dancing Palo. She used her hand and legs to emphasize and cause suspense with what she was reciting loved how she incorporates English. I could relate to the part she mentions she didn’t want to talk in English because it was weird mouth movement. When I first learn Spanish and even now that I’m learning French, the words in their languages when saying it feels
From the moment that the Dominican republic was free from Trujillo’s dictatorship, contrasting viewpoints have come up regarding the sacrifices of the Mirabal sisters. While some argue that the Mirabal sisters sacrifices were not beneficial and worthwhile to the revolution because it resulted in the orphaning of their children and three young lives were lost. Others argue that the Mirabal sisters sacrifices were effective for the revolution since it changed the future of their country. I deem the sisters sacrifices are justifiable because their sacrifices had an important purpose. Isn’t it true that Trujillo's was absolutely in power for 31 years however, because of the three young sisters his cruel regime ended.
For many Dominicans they did not do much to go against their country. There were many things that fit the typical Dominican way of life, like how men held all power and were not challenged by women (Vega 1). People were used to having men in high powered positions and there were not many occasions where women wanted to hold that same power. Many women missed opportunities because they lacked an education. Normally men got a better education than women did so they were more qualified for these higher positions.
They aren't like us, I think. they knew almost from the start they had to take on the world. " This demonstrates the transformation of society after the Dominican Republic. After Trujillo's regime ended, The Dominican Republic became a more independent and free
In the Dominican Republic, women were expected to go by what their husbands and fathers said. Women portrayed to have less power and authority than men. In “In the Time of the Butterflies”, the Mirabal sisters showed something very differently, instead they demonstrated the equal authority they have with their husbands. Their power challenged gender limitations that were forced on them by their patriarchal Dominican culture. Minerva, Patria, and Maria Teresa all were sisters who became involved in political movements against President Trujillo.
Trujillo vs. Hitler The definition of a dictator is a ruler with complete and absolute power over a country that is usually received forcefully. Adolf Hitler and Rafael Trujillo are two examples of powerful dictators that impacted their country immensely. During their reins of power, German and Dominican people were abused, manipulated, and many were killed. Hitler and Trujillo have several similarities on how they dictated; although, the ways in which they chose to use their power differed.
Rafael Leónidas Trujillo Molina, nicknamed El Jefe, ruled the Dominican Republic for 31 years. He organized secret police mento torture, and murder people who stood against him. Trujillo directed all crucial industries, and financial organizations. He murdered roughly 10,000 Haitian people.
Wright continues the telling of this historical event, under the topic of Fidelismo and the radicalization of Latin American politics. The combination of Castro’s actions and Che Guevara’s calls for revolution in the western hemisphere had a direct and profound effect on Latin American politics. This powerful force came to be known as Fidelismo and broken down to its core “it was simply the attitude that revolution should be pursued immediately” (Wright p. 39). On of the most noticeable symptoms of Fidelismo was an intense growth of demands for change. Wright notes that during this time, the intensity of political activities in many other Latin American countries increased, especially after Castro’s victory.