In the Time of Butterflies

Topics: Dominican Republic, Mirabal sisters, Rafael Trujillo Pages: 3 (988 words) Published: February 22, 2012
Amanda Jeffries

In The Time Of The Butterflies

From 1930 until 1961, General Leonidas Trujillo held absolute control of the Dominican Republic. His alliance and support from the army, church, and wealthy families and also the press were the foundation of his dictatorship. His formula to remain in power was simple: murder anyone who opposed him. Therefore anyone who wanted a fair government was declared an enemy of the state. General Trujillo wanted everyone to reproduce based on color. More than 30,000 thousand people were executed and many of them were black during his regime of terror. – From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (www.

“The Roles Of Women In The Dominican Republic” from the National Endowment For the Arts states, Traditionally the Dominican Republic the father is the head of the household, responsible for his wife and children, who has the family’s final authority. In the period in which “In The Time Of The Butterliflies” is set, social expectations for men were very different from women, just as Senora Mirabal chose to ignore her husband’s infidelity. Men were praised for their exaggerated masculinity, while women were expected to be pretty, obedient, and discreet.

Minerva and her three sisters Patria, Dede and Maria Teresa ("Mate") live on a farm in Ojo De Agua. Minerva, the outspoken sister, convinces her father to send her, Patria and Mate away to attend school. When school is over, Minerva wishes to study to become a lawyer, but women are not allowed in law school. So the sisters return to the farm, and Minerva meets and falls in love with Lio, a member of the resistance, who gives her the nickname "Butterfly". In my opinion Lio influenced Minerva’s involvement in the underground movement to over throw Trujillo and his government. Lio was forced in hiding because of his actions against the government.

Minerva, along with her family, was invited to a formal ball at the President's...
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