Heroic Sisters in In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

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Minerva Mirabal was the most heroic of the Mirabal sisters. Rafael Trujillo ruled the Dominican Republic for 30 years; he was oppressive, creepy, and a little insane. The Mirabal sisters were killed because they tried to rebel against him. Minerva is heroic because she was the first of her sisters to join the rebellion, she went to law school, and she slapped the dictator. Minerva was active in the rebellion against Trujillo. "It sounded like treasure hunt clues or something. The Indian from the hill has his cave up that road. The Eagle has nested in the hollow on the other side of that mountain. I was so happy to have them talking to each other, I played with little Minou in the back seat and pretended not to hear them." - Maria …show more content…

"What a shock, then, when Minerva got handed the law degree but not the license to practice. Here we all thought El Jefe had relented against our family and let Minerva enroll in law school. But really what he was planning all along was to let her study for five whole years only to render that degree useless in the end. How cruel! Manolo was furious. I thought he was going to march right up to the podium and have a word with the rector. Minerva took it best of all of us. She said now she'd have even more time to spend with her family. Something in the way she looked at Manolo when she said that tells me there's trouble between them." - Maria Teresa, page 91. Minerva was so pressured to do womanly things, like be a mother and keep house, that she didn't even get upset when she didn't get her license to practice law. Minerva is normally strong-willed and will find a way to get what she wants. Minerva slapped Trujillo for being a creep. " 'You dance very well,' he says gallantly, 'But then women from El Cibao make the best dancers and the best lovers,' he whispers, tightening his hold. I can feel the moisture of his breath on my ear." - Minerva, page 65. Trujillo was being a pervert, and Minerva slapped him. "He yanks me by the wrist, thrusting his pelvis at me in a vulgar way, and I can see my hand in an endless slow motion rise- a mind all it's own- and came down on the astonished, made-up

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