The Time Of The Butterflies By Julia Alvarez

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The struggle for equality has existed for thousands of years. The first decree of human rights was drafted by King Cyrus in 539 BCE and is still an evolving issue today (Finkel). The book In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez is a historical fiction novel written to tell the tale of the Mirabal sisters and their struggle against a dictator in the Dominican Republic. As women, the sisters were objects of discrimination by the dictator’s regime. Their struggle against obstacles forced consequences upon them for speaking their minds in a censored society. Through Mate Mirabal, the youngest sister, we see a shift in characterization from a cautious adolescent to a strong woman who helps change her country. Joining the rebellion and spending time in jail changed Mate into a courageous person. In In the Time of the Butterflies, Julia Alvarez uses the change in Mate’s characterization to describe the impact of oppression and people’s need to have their voice heard.
During her first year at boarding school, Mate is portrayed as a shy girl who is unable to stand up for herself. This is shown when Mate is unable to keep some girls from making fun of her. Her thoughts are written in a diary and they give us insight into how she feels and reacts to certain situations. Her diary is called her Little Book and she uses it to record her feelings when she is teased. Mate writes, “And you might not know this, Little Book, but I always cry when people laugh at me” (Alvarez 31). In…
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