The Time Of Butterflies By Julia Alvarez

1761 Words Apr 29th, 2015 8 Pages
“We cannot be sure of having something to live for unless we are willing to die for it.” This quote by Revolutionary Che Guevara is quintessential of the mindset of the Mirabal sisters, as well as the Dominican people. The year is 1930 and Trujillo has been declared president of the Dominican Republic, after running a secret campaign of torture and political maneuvering to rig the election -- the dictatorship has now begun. Throughout the following years, a shadow of fear and distrust would overtake the fatherland, as corruption and torture by government officials became a norm in Dominican society. It was because of this that the Mariposas—otherwise known as the Mirabal sisters— rose to the occasion to fight for the rights of their people. The Mirabal sisters were four real-life women who carried out clandestine activities against the Trujillo regime; whose lives are chronicled in Julia Alvarez’s novel. In the novel “In the Time of Butterflies,” the Mirabal sisters symbolize the courage of the Dominican people in overcoming barriers and prejudice while being subjected to the political despotism of Rafael Trujillo’s tyrannical regime. From 1930 to 1961, Rafael Trujillo ruled the Dominican Republic by way of fear. The Dominican people feared for their lives, as well as the lives of their family and friends. To speak out against Trujillo meant either torture or immediate death. “Trujillo 's presence is felt from afar, as an overwhelming shadow controlling and…
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