Character Bravery and Courage: In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

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Within the novel, “In the Time of the Butterflies,” Mate, Minerva, Dede, and Patria had to create decisions to overcome obstacles that would transform each of their lives. Throughout the book, all of the sisters changed somehow. They all grew up, matured, and saw things how they never viewed before. While looking at these things at a different perception, they learned to make decisions that were sometimes brave and sometimes cowardly. Each of the Mirabal sisters had to choose whether or not to be fearful and give up, or be courageous and stand her ground, or make sacrifices to show her strength throughout the novel.
Out of all the Mirabal sisters, being courageous was Minerva’s specialty to show how she feels without being verbal with her
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It would take a lot of nerve to even think about creating a revolution. Even after Minerva got out of jail, she said “The butterflies were not about to give up, we had suffered a set back but we had not been beaten,” this quote showed that Minerva would do whatever it takes to get the men out of prison, even if it is risking her life. Though it was not just the men she wanted to get, she wanted to get everyone’s right to have freedom. Minerva was tired of Trujillo making all the rules without anyone else’s opinion. She was at her limit of doing anything it would take. At this point she became fearless.
Dede was known to hide from her problems that feared her. Dede did her best to protect her family, no matter what. When Lio gave Dede a note to give Minerva, Dede opened the letter first and saw what he said about wanting Minerva to go to the asylum with him. She refused, “Dede could not expose her sister to this danger,” right after she read the note, she immediately burned it so Minerva could not find it or anybody else (Alvarez 83). Allowing Minerva going to the asylum would be a huge risk because all the recent refugees had been put in prison. Since Minerva is part of the revolution, there would not be any thoughts about her being locked up in jail. Just thinking about Minerva being caught scared Dede. Along with that, Dede was a perfect example for the theme oppression of women. In the quote, “she was hiding behind her husband’s
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