"In the Time of the Butterflies" - A Story About Love Essay

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In the time of the Butterflies, by Julia Alverez, is a story about love. This story also

reviels how the Mirabel sisters get involved in the revolution against Trujillo's politics and how

they deal with their family and friends in the meanwhile. It is remarkable and catching story

because it explains how these sisters achieve liberty throughout their union during a terrible reign

where women have few rights and brave people are massacred because there's no freedom of

speech. Throughout the storytelling, the sisters come across obstacles that require their opinions

and decisions to be made; decisions that involve choosing the revolution or to protect and care for

thier loved ones. In most circumstances, the
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Using "we" means that they think together

as a whole, being unselfish, and they compromise their lives and choose to suffer and live

uncomfortably in that prison because their cellmates don't get that opportunity to be free. In this

case, they make this decision out of the act of love; not completely ignoring their role in the

revolution by staying in prison, but postponing that responsibility until they get freed the way

they think is right. One of the sisters, Dédé, truly proves herself as a strong and caring woman for

her sisters when she declares to be Minerva to the SIM, showing less fear of being in trouble with

the SIM and more love and care for her sister. " I will never forget the terror on Dédé's face. How

she reached for my hand. How when we were asked to identify ourselves, what she said was, '

My name is Minerva Mirabel' " (277). The sisters are always determined to protect each other,

even though that sometimes meant making a verdict that would get one of each other in trouble to

protect the real victim.

Through love, the sisters' first priority is to protect their families, including

husbands, and keep them alive; doing whatever necessary to shield them from further

endangerment. They let their pride and guard and down to help their husbands when they were in

jail. Minerva, one of the most stubborn sisters, is not very easy to
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