in the time of the butterflies

Topics: Rafael Trujillo, Dominican Republic, Mirabal sisters Pages: 2 (634 words) Published: November 13, 2013
In the Time of the Butterflies has three sections. Each part starts with Dede in third-person narration whereas the narration is given in the first person for the other sisters. Dede’s chapters are divided into two parts: 1994, the present, and the past, when her sisters were alive, in 1943. The timeline of the present is a span of one afternoon in which Dede gives an interview. But the interviewer’s questions transport Dede back in time and into the consciousnesses of the sisters. Dede begins an interview with a woman. When Dede asks her what she wants to know, the interviewer answers, "Tell me all of it." Dede is transported back to 1943, to a clear night before the future began. The whole family is out in the front yard under the anacahuita tree, relaxing and telling stories.this is when debe realizes she is not in the same time period but in the time where her sisters are still alive. In 1938, Patria and Minerva go to Inmaculada Concepcion as boarding students. Minerva meets Sinita Perozo, who tells her how Trujillo destroyed her family by killing her uncles, her father, and her brother. Minerva considers, for the first time, that Trujillo is not the saint he makes himself out to be. In the present, in 1994, Dede considers that Fela, their long serving servant, thinks that she is possessed by the spirits of the dead Mirabal sisters. The interviewer reminds her about Lio Morales, whom Dede and Minerva met one summer and eventually invited to play volleyball at Tio Pepes. When a newspaper that reports that Lio is a communist Mama becomes upset that she has been letting him spend time at their home. even when she denies being in love with him, Minerva continues to see him on double dates with Jaimito and Dede. On the night that Jaimito proposes to Dede. Lio gives her a letter to deliver to Minerva. asking Minerva to go run away with him and his friends. Dede decides that she will not expose her sister to that danger, so she burns the letter in the lamp.Maria...
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