Tob Essay

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In the Time of the Butterflies Essay A lot of courage is needed to revolt against a dictator and risk one's life, and possibly other's lives for a country. In the novel, In the Time of the Butterflies, by Julia Alvarez, Minerva Mirabal (one of 4 sisters in the story) shows a lot of courage by standing up against her country's leader, Rafael Trujillo, and for what is right, risking her and her family's lives. She performs in front of him, while knowing his secret, that he is a horrible dictator that abuses his power, she slaps him at a party and them leaves, which is illegal, and she protects her sisters with her life. It takes courage, guts, and bravery, to fight for what you believe in, and the events in this story show these traits.…show more content…
She then has the daringness to "break away (Alvarez 101)" and leave the dance. No one is supposed to leave a gathering before El Jefe, thus she is risking her and he family's lives. By this point in the book, she begins to build the strength and willingness to do the right thing in any situation, and is building up her strength and bravery as we move along in the novel. In the final chapter of the novel, Minerva shows and immense amount of courage. She vows to do all she can to protect the Mirabal sisters. She will do all she can to keep them alive... "... (do) you think I'll let anything happen to the butterflies? They'll have to kill me first. (Alvarez 269). Her heroism and willingness to protect her sisters, over protecting just herself, comes out in this chapter. And though she cannot save her sisters, she stayed with them, protecting them to the very end. The last we hear of them, "..we started up the first mountain... (Alvarez 297)" she is with her sisters. At the end of the story, we are not fully sure what happened. We do know that Minerva said "they have to kill (her) first," and they did, but she protected them all the way to the end, showing tremendous bravery. Throughout the novel, Minerva Mirabal shows many instances of tremendous courage. She stands up to her country's leader, Rafael Trujillo, on numerous occasions. She performs in front of him while knowing his secrets, she slaps him and leaves his dance early, and
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