Brothers and sisters can shape a person's ideas, and even their own personality. Their influence can dictate their perception of the things around them and how it might differ from others. Those new ideas can be beneficial, but also detrimental. In the novel In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez tell a compelling story about the Mirabal sisters who rise up in a time of cruel dictatorship from their government. In the Dominican Republic, a leader named Trujillo oppresses the people of the country hurting everyone who happens to get in his way.
It’s shown through her fighting against the cultural norms by going into the study of law and fighting against Trujillo’s patriarchal behavior. She isn’t just interested in getting a husband like most girls were and tries to gain power through getting an education,, ”I’m not interested in admirers until I have my law degree (Alvarez 99).” She additionally struggles for power to fight against the patriarchal society, by not just going along with Trujillo’s patriarchal behavior, “The university is no place for a woman these days (Alvarez 99),” Trujillo tells her, playing off the culture and talking down to her using patriarchal thinking as seen in his syntax or structure of his dialogue, after not getting what he wants. However this does not dampen her attempts at grasping for power, and she displays a rather aggressive method of gaining power from Trujillo later on by slapping him after he sexually assaults her, displaying a thought process of her not thinking of him as someone higher, or more equal than
The Mirabal sisters are very important figures in Latin America because they became a symbol against victimization of women. According to "Women's Political Participation in the Dominican Republic: The Case of the Mirabal Sisters", Robison stated that, "Trujillo's appetite for young women was legendary... there was no way to refusing... [Minerva] Mirabal apparently rejected his advances by slapping him... this action represented a sheer calamity for the Mirabal family, who were subsequently harassed, imprisoned, and ostracized by their neighbors" (6). As a result, this action serves as a symbol for the sisters’ courage and defiance against the regime because they knew the consequences of not obeying Trujillo, but still took the risks.
That was ok in the mind of Mrs. Norma Lewis. So she presses it, only to have her husband be the one who dies because she did not know him at all. (Anonymous)~“If you live your life as if everything is about you…. You will be left with just that…. Just You.” This quote really tells you what a selfish person Mrs. Lewis was.
Consequently, they vocalized their opinions to Creon; making him short-tempered and depressed. He soon gave into peer pressure along with anger and introduced an alternative punishment for the two sisters. Creon said, “Oh, it is hard to give in! But it is worse to risk everything for stubborn pride.” Though he tried to make a change, in the end he was still unhappy because his wife and son died. Ismene would not be punished since she did not commit the crime and Antigone received banishment to a small cell as an alternative to death.
In the novel In the Time of the Butterflies, Julia Alvarez uses Minerva and Dede to discuss gender roles because both the characters of Minerva and Dede respond to gender roles in completely different ways. To begin, once the challenges of Trujillo become more intense, Dede finds herself unable to handle it, “She shuts her eyes tight and wished blindly that everything would turn out all right” (pg. 78). This statement is important because it illustrates the gender roles women should take on throughout the novel. Specifically, this quotation shows how Dede hopes for her husband find a solution to the issue at hand, as she closes her eyes instead of facing the problem.
Abby originally lied about witchcraft to bypass punishment, but eventually she became more and more consumed by her determination to get John's hand in marriage but first ending his relations with his wife Elizabeth Proctor. As Mr. Putnam used his daughter,
In the book it was stated that Antigone felt very strongly about burying her brother no matter what Creon said. In the text after the play it is written by senior editor Paul Moliken that “When Creon Forbids the burial of Polyneices, he is denying Antigone the opportunity to perform one of the most significant duties that Greek society allowed for women. Thus, he is attacking her identity, and that is a part of the reason she opposes his orders” (Sophocles 67). This is significant because it shows why Creon was
However, Ismene is distraught at the idea of defying the king (104). Ismene tells her sister that they are only women and not fit to challenge men (105). Ismene says this to convince her sister not to bury their brother as it not only against the law, but wrong for a woman to challenge the orders of any man, let alone the king. She warns Antigone that acting above one’s place would not be a wise decision (105). Ismene knows that if Antigone is caught burying their brother, her gender will surely affect the harshness of her
The frame containing the picture of the wife is very deep and various in meaning , for example , the idea of putting her in a frame is to objectify the woman , even though it might show affection and love of Henry to the wife , the symbol of it shows the complete opposite , by framing his wife he is limiting her , and not giving her freedom and tranquility , it also shows how he wants her to always stay under his wing and does not want her to be free even after her death . And by that the narrator is showing us that she was not given her freedom , she was not that important in the eye of Henry , and that she was not equal to Henry , which proves the anti-feminism in the story . To sum up , the frame , of the picture has played a decent role in showing the anti-feminism in the story
The four Mirabal sisters were Patria, Adela “Dede” Antonia, and Minerva. These women are now all seen as symbols of resistance to feminist roles in the Dominican Republic, in addition they are seen as huge advocators for the revolt against Trujillo. Minerva Mirabal was a prime model in the rebellion against dictator Rafael Trujillo’s rule in the Dominican Republic. This woman stood up against the president for her morals and self respect by denying his romances and gambling against him in order to be able to study law which had never been done in the country before. However, once Minerva denied Trujillo’s advances he incarcerated her father and once he was released he targeted her constantly.