Analysis of Julia Alvarez's Book, In the Time of the Butterflies

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In the book "In the Time of the Butterflies" four sisters fight to take their given right of freedom in the Dominican Republic. In order to achieve this freedom the Mirabel sisters had to give up their childhoods, their safety, and even their very own lives. The author of the book, Julia Alvarez, took the readers through the sisters journies of fighting against Trujillo, and the many horrible times they endoured while under his political control. Some sisters had to be leaders while other sisters had to be followers. The one sister that is mostly believed to be the strong one or the leader of the sisters is Minerva Mirabel. Minerva is a very strong-willed indiviual, but she is still not as stroing as she thinks she is. Her physical flaws, …show more content…
Minerva's mother is always worried about her and her health. She always has to watch out for her daughters headaches and asthma attacks. Minerva needs her mother in order to realize that she needs to take a break or needs to slow down when things are not going right. Heros in stories never need anyone to tell them how or when to slow down or even to do anything. These such flaws is what weekens Minerva's character and also her ability to be the hero of the story.

In real life situations it is usually a mother who first recognizes when something in wrong with their child. Mothers have this natural instict to detect when something is going wrong in their children's life. This very quote reminds me of when my mother had to tell me to slow down when I kept pushing myself to get up and go to work everyday even when I was as sick as a dog. My mom would tell me that I need to slow down. I would work everytime the hours were avaliable to me, even if I had just worked a 12 hour shift the day before. I didn't slow down for anyone or for anything, even if I was sick I still wanted to make my money and do my job correctly. My mother finally realized that I had dark circles under my eyes and my cough had turned much worst over the days. My mother had to repeatedly tell me over and oever again to get some rest until I finally took her advice. In my own life experience one can see that Minerva is no stronger then any average human being such as myself. Minerva needed