The Beginning of a Revolution

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Kimberly Nolen
ENGL 1102- 23
Professor McClain
15 February 2011
Minerva Mirabal: The Beginning of a Revolution
In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez, the four Mirabal sisters are faced with many restrictions because of their gender. From 1938 until 1960 in the Dominican Republic, a dictator ruled the country and anyone that was against him was put in prison or killed. Minerva, Mate, and Patria were strictly against their dictator, Trujillo, and his political views. Minerva, the most strong willed of the four sisters, eventually convinced Mate and Patria to follow her with her plans to cause a revolution in their small country. Out of the four sisters, Minerva deals with the most sexual harassment. She uses her strong attitude to try to move past the gender barrier and become more than what was expected of a woman.

Minerva’s strong attitude against her dictator, Trujillo, started to come into effect when she “became a woman”. During the Independence Day performance in 1944, Sinita pointed the bow and arrow straight at Trujillo, when Ramfis told her not to play that way, Minerva stepped in and said, “It was part of the play” (28). This lie was the true beginning of Minerva’s defiance against the dictator and his government. The lie began to show that she has no respect for him, and cares more about the safety of her friends and less about pleasing an evil man. Within the surrounding years, her family started noticing the change in Minerva’s attitude. While getting ready for bed one night, Minerva begins talking to her sister Dede about what her plans are for the future and the part she is going to play in the revolution. Dede’s only thoughts are, “That one had nerves of steel” (76), her older sister had begun to see the sudden uproar of Minerva’s political attitudes, and she worried that others would start to notice too. Soon Minerva’s impulsive control problems began to escalade, “I’d jump in the Jeep and roar off into the countryside, my foot...
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