Rafael Leonidas Trujillo Molina was the President of the Dominican Republic. He ruled the country as a dictator. In order to maintain his power, he eliminated people who disagreed with him by dismissing them from their jobs or even murdering them. He also put his family members in positions of power in the economy. Rafael Trujillo was a dictator that stopped at nothing in order to maintain his power over the Dominican Republic.
Throughout majority of the movie you think the guy is doing everything wrong. You start to question his parenting skills when you see that their apartment is filled with toys, and that he doesn’t send her to school but instead go to Disneyland. Then, the twist comes and you realize that you've been seeing things all wrong. He just wants his daughter to have the best life and spent the most possible time with her, because he found out that her daughter is going to die. Despite the movie being in mostly Spanish, the message translated through this film will tug at your heartstrings. From the beginning to the end there is combinations of laughs and emotions that through one way or another anyone can relate. It talks about the challenges and sacrifices parents have to face for their children. It also shows, that parents go out of their way and will risk many things to protect their children from getting hurt, even from their own families. Also, how important it is to spend family and quality time with their children because, we are not guaranteed how much time we will have with
Authoritarian; favoring or enforcing strict obedience to authority, especially that of the government, at the expense of personal freedom. In the novel, In the Time of the butterflies, there is a precise character that is the embodiment of the description, this individual is none other than Rafael Trujillo; the dictator of the Dominican Republic. To further elaborate, Trujillo is the main antagonist within the story, which is shown in the beginning passages of the story. In fact, whenever Trujillo is mentioned, he is spoken ill of by the other characters, painting a picture of his vile personality. As the story progresses he proves that he is capable of being the villain he was drawn out to be.
The backstory of Beli’s family told in the novel’s fifth chapter reveals the reasoning behind Oscar’s family believing they are cursed which is symbolic to Trujillo’s tyrannical power at the time in which the chapter focuses on. The chapter concentrates on the story of Abelard, Beli’s biological father who finds himself in trouble with Trujillo as the chapter progresses. Abelard’s daughter, Jackie is now a well endowed adolescent which makes her susceptible to Trujillo wanting to have sexual intercourse with her. Abelard does not want this for his daughter, so when Trujillo insists she come to his next party, Abelard does not bring her. This angers Trujillo, and a few weeks later Abelard is arrested for slandering Trujillo despite the evidence being fabricated.
There was tons of actions taken by Trujillo and his people who executed countless Dominicans and Haitians. One day there was an officer who arrived to Minerva’s and announced to her father that they’re invited to one of Trujillo parties, Minerva was expected to be there. She knew many stories about he has done and is plotting to do, knowing this her mother was against of her going to the party. Two of her sisters had gone with her to keep her company and have an eye out for Trujillo. There was many events happening at the same time.
Living in Mexico throughout her teen years was very rough. Unlike other teenagers where their parents constantly provide for their children, Marisela’s life was a lot different than the usual parent- child relationship. She lived with her Abuela ( Grandma) Lupe, along with her 3 brothers and sister. She constantly had to take care of her brothers and sister at such a young age, that she became the mother-like figure of the
The author creates themes of commonality that are relatable to many in this story story. There is a crucial moment in rebellious child’s lives that pushes them to act out. For Lola this happens to be her mother and her battle with breast cancer, “with her cancer there wasn’t much she could do anymore” (Diaz 5). Lola,
In this extraordinary novel , you are taken on the journey of the Mirabal sisters during Trujillo's reign. First you are introduced to Dede the only surviving sister. She is having flashbacks to when her sisters lived, while doing an interview. The interview starts off telling about the girls early years. When Minerva convinces her Papa to send them away for school she meets Sinita. Minerva shares her beliefs and knowledge of Trujillo and how she is sure he was responsible for the death of her family. When Minerva and and her friends are asked to perform a play for Trujillo himself they quickly accept. When performing Sinita pulls a fatal stunt, she tries to attack Trujillo with a bow and arrow. Minerva had to quickly pull the play back
When we think about society there is often a stark contrast between the controversy projected in our media about the issues that our society faces and the mellow, safe view we have of our own smaller, more tangible ‘local’ society. This leads us to believe that our way of life is protected and our rights secured by that concept of society that has been fabricated and built upon during the course of our short lives. However, what if society were not what we perceive it to be, and the government chose to exercise its power in an oppressive manner? As a society we would like to think that we ourselves are above such cruelty, yet as The Lonely Crossing of Juan Cabrera recounts the state of Cuba in the 1990’s so must we remember that all societies and governments view the individual differently as opposed to the whole. Each group has unique expectations that are enforced upon the individual goes beyond those expectations. The individual can very quickly find their rose glasses view of their society cracking before their very eyes as the reality of taking such a rise comes into view.
Esperanza is the strong-willed main character who wants to break free from the limitations and expectations of a women set by her community. Unlike majority of the women in her neighborhood, she dreams of her escape from this discriminatory treatment. As she blossoms from a young girl to a mature women, she comes to the realization that she can never escape, because that house on Mango Street is a part of her. She can only learn from her experience living her never flee from it. When Esperanza creates creates an original piece of poetry, she shares it with Aunt Lupe, who in return, shares some insightful advice. (60-61) Writing through all forms can allow people to escape the realities and bounds of life.
Oscar Casares made Mr. Perez a believable by describing her features “she measured five feet two inches and weighed 164 pounds,” (Casares line14) he also gives us a vivid detailed on how people watched her every time to bowl. In his short story Mr. Perez is the main character who is from a little town called Brownsville’s located in the board of Texas and Mexico. He opens the story with her at the bowling alley where everyone stops to watch her paly, Casares say “the ball’s cherry red and gold swirls made it look as if it were catching fire when released down the lane… People stopped to watch when she was up” (Casares line 2-4) in which the reader fells as if they can see her roll her ball.
10 years ago today, we lost 3 of the most influential women, who got murdered under their own ruler’s orders. These women were the Mirabal sisters, or the Mariposas, went through a lot throughout their lives when Trujillo was in power, especially with his severely oppressive regime. Trujillo would hire spies to see if anyone did not agree with him or his ideas, and would assassinate them. Isn’t that purely inhumane to do to someone? Because of this, many people disliked Trujillo and his thoughts, of which the Mirabal sisters, Minerva, Patria, and Mate and Dede were among some of the people who thought so. These sisters couldn’t stand what Trujillo was doing anymore, so they decided to join the National Underground as a revolt against him. Many would say what these women did isn’t justified since it eventually it got them killed, but I believe it is worthwhile due to the fact that the Mirabals stood up for what they thought was right, while knowing that there may be a horrible outcome at the end. I’ve discovered that the sisters sacrificed a lot, including Minerva giving up her education and the sisters orphaning their kids, to fulfill their beliefs on what they think is
The Mirabal sisters or Mariposas, are three revolutionaries who inspired and assisted the overthrow of Rafael Trujillo, the dictator in the Dominican republic. These sisters at a young age observed countless flaws in Trujillo's Regime, he was overpowering and passed many unjust laws. The Mirabals, especially knew that they had to do something to end this terrible regime, so they joined the revolution. These brave women sacrificed raising their own children and even their own lives. These revolutionaries are viewed as selfish by numerous people because they left behind their own children. Although the positive outcome of their actions proves that their actions were selfless. It was justified for the Mirabal sisters to sacrifice caring for their children and their