The Time Of The Butterflies By Julia Alvarez

2311 Words Nov 28th, 2016 10 Pages
The Dominican Republic is a place where novels take place and authors are raised. In the book In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez, focuses her attention on writing about her life for others to see. Although the book was not published until 1994, Alvarez portrays her younger days into the book and how the time was back then in the 1950’s. Moving through the novel, readers see an overview of the book, the life of the author and how it all can all relate to the culture of dictatorship in the Dominican Republic. In this non-fiction historical novel, it allows readers to get a sense of the lives the girls went through. Readers learn from the very beginning something traumatic has happened for only one of the four sisters to be alive. “A chill goes through her, for she feels it in her bones, the future is now beginning. By the time it is over, it will be the past, and she does not want to be the only one left to tell their story” (Alvarez 10). As the exposition starts off, Dede, the only sister alive, is asked about her sisters which lead to a trip down memory lane. One of the three sisters decides to get married and have children while the other two decide to join the revolution against Trujillo which leads to the conflict of the story. Patria is the oldest of the three who chose to get married at an early age and have children. Dede the second oldest who is the one telling the story. She is also the sister who stayed alive and is the only one who strayed away from…
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