The Time Of The Butterflies Analysis

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According to Rafael Trujillo, “He who does not know how to deceive does not know how to rule(azquotes)”. This explains the mindset of the dictator of the Dominican Republic shown in the book The Time Of The Butterflies by Julia Alvarez. In this historical fiction book it explain the story of the Mirabal sister in there fight to stop the oppression of Trujillo. It goes though there life story and gives insight to what the conditions were. Trujillo and the Dominican Republic government oppressed the citizens by arresting if you resist them, Machiavellian control and the deplorable conditions these people lived in. Arresting people for visiting the governments wants can be seen when The Mirabal family was invited to Trujillo’s party and attended it, but Minerva was placed at an “important” table while her family was at one of back tables. Minerva was asked to dance and eventually ended up dancing with Trujillo. Minerva got uncomfortable with how he was touching her and she slapped him. Minerva family, mostly her father, will now have to pay the price for standing up for what they believe in. Minerva wrote, “The next day, while Papa is out seeing what the damage this last storm has done on the cacao crop, two guardias arrive in a Jeep. Governor de la Maza wants to see Papa and me (103)”. This meeting will eventually end up in the arrest of Papa and the fight to get him released. Minerva stood up for what she wanted, which was to get Trujillo to stop touching
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