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In The Time Of The Butterflies Essay

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The Dominican Republic’s dictator Rafael Trujillo had thousands of people killed because of their disobedience to him. From the 1930s to 1960s the country was under the control of Trujillo. He had taken control of the Dominican Republic and used his power against people who decided not to follow him and his laws. The four Mirabal sisters, Minerva, Patria, Mate, and Dede were all risking their lives because of their involvement in the underground, against their harsh dictator. In the book In the time of the Butterflies, the four Mirabal sisters perspectives are impacted by the underground movement against Trujillo because of each of their involvement with the revolution. In the novel In the Time of the Butterflies, by Julia Alvarez, Minerva…show more content…
We must let the committee know the real situation or this hell will go on” (Alvarez 244). She was willing to do anything to overturn their country’s dictator, even if her life was on the line. Ultimately, Minerva had very different beliefs with Trujillo and his way of leadership which drastically affected her perspective. Throughout the novel, Patria witnessed her younger sisters getting involved in the underground movement against Trujillo, which later motivated her to get involved. It was very difficult for Patria to get involved because, in the beginning, she had not wanted to be a part of it. As the story progressed Patria decided to join the revolution. After she had attended a retreat on the mountain she now saw what was truly going on with their government. Patria now saw things differently, “But then again, here in that little room was the same Patria Mercedes, who wouldn’t have hurt a butterfly, shouting, Amen to the revolution” (Alvarez 163-164). Patria was changed after the retreat because of what she had seen. She had to be careful about joining the revolution because she did not want her family to get hurt or in trouble. Patria had been letting Minerva and the others meet in her and Pedrito’s land for secret meetings. Patria said at the end of a meeting “Come inside now, ...I have something to talk to you about...I was looking at the whole group, come on” (Alvarez 165). She had told them that she wanted to help because what she saw in the mountains
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