Trujillo's Social Changes

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Social change happens when people are dissatisfied by their everyday life and want to change the way they have to live. In the novel, the citizens of the Dominican Republic have to remain under the dictatorship of Trujillo for 31 years and they do not get to vote for a new president. Whenever someone tries to get rid of him, they disappear or get killed. When Sinita is telling Minerva what happened to her family, she says that after betraying the trust of the ex-president of the dominican republic and after having him sent to Puerto Rico, Trujillo ”[announces] that he [is] president ”(Alvarez,18). Actions like these by Trujillo such as declaring himself leader make the citizens of the Dominican Republic to realize that he is not fit to be in…show more content…
Similar to the novel, the main cause of the French revolution was because the third estate that consisted of the peasants and bourgeoisie were not being treated…show more content…
they wanted to change the way they were treated but were ignored so on June 20, 1789, three days after establishing the national assembly, when they were locked out of the meeting room for the general estates, they “broke down the door to a indoor tennis court, pledging to stay until they had drawn up a new constitution. This pledge became known as the Tennis Court Oath” (Littel,220).The third estate decided that they would start a revolution because they were abandoned by their government and everyone else. In both the novel and the French revolution, people decided to revolt because they were not getting what they wanted no matter how hard they tried. In the Dominican Republic the people had to live under the tyranny of a ruler who they had not voted for, and in France, about 98% of the population had to suffer due to the selfishness and extravagant spendings of the upper-classes. Since they could not convince their rulers by simply talking, they had to resort to violence instead. Therefore, social change happens when people are dissatisfied by their everyday life and want to change the way they have to
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