In The Time Of The Butterflies Analysis

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“In the Time of the Butterflies” takes place in the Dominican Republic in the 1960s. The author, Julia Alvarez is a native of the country, but moved to the US at a young age. She first heard about the sisters roughly around 1986 and instantly felt the need to share their story with the world. In the book, Alvarez tells the story of the Mirabal sisters and their fight for freedom against the Dominican dictator Trujillo. Rafael Trujillo reigned for about 30 years until his assassination in May of 1961. Trujillo’s reign of terror began in 1930 and the violence soon followed. The self centered dictator changed the names of cities and murdered roughly about 20,000 Haitians from the neighboring country. The book not only tells the sisters’ …show more content…

Look at us… Mama had never admitted it, but I suspected she couldn’t even read.” (Alvarez,12) This shows that some men and most women were poorly educated in the Dominican Republic and mama did not want her girls to become part of that. Along with educational issues women also faced domestic violence. Minerva, Dede, Maria Theresa, and Patria ended this suffering along with gaining freedom for everybody. Although Alvarez did not include the domestic violence view in the story she did show how women were not treated the same. When Minerva when to the university to study law, upon graduate Trujillo did not award her the license to practice. (Alvarez,138) Along with her being a women doing a man’s job Trujillo allowed his personal feelings dictate that decision and it added more to her rage against his way of ruling government. “...If they kill me, I shall reach my arms out of the grave and I shall be stronger.” and stronger she was. (Mirabal, 2006) Minou gave a speech in 2006 that addressed both her mother and the continuing fight. “…I am often asked why, in the 1940s and 1950s, Minerva and her sisters took on roles of social and political leadership in the midst of a traditional society where the collective imagination envisaged women as confined to domestic roles.” (Mirabal, 2006) The traditional views within the society trapped women in a cage that was left never to be opened. Minerva, Dede, Mate, and Patria were few of the many “butterflies” wanted to break free

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