In The Time Of The Butterflies

Topics: Dominican Republic, Rafael Trujillo, Mirabal sisters Pages: 3 (1087 words) Published: February 10, 2014
Lizzy Rosa
LCS Book Review

In the Time of the Butterflies is an award-winning book written by Julia Alvaraz, a famous Latina writer. This is the story of the four Mirabal sisters during the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo in the Dominican Republic. The sisters make a political commitment to overthrow the Trujillo regime. Throughout the book you can see the family being prosecuted, humiliated, tortured and imprisoned, all for going against the government in secrecy. When they are caught they are all put in danger. This story is set in both the present (1994) and the past (1943) by the perspective of Dedé, the only surviving Mirabal sister. The book starts off in “present” day 1994. Dedé is asked to speak about the tragic tale of her sisters to a journalist who is investigating the circa of Trujillo for a report. Dedé hesitantly agrees and starts off by introducing herself, along with her other 3 sisters. Maria Teresa was the youngest sister and was very materialistic. She was very passionate about the revolution and matured into a very strong and revolutionary woman. Then there was Dedé, the second youngest. Dedé was always hesitant about joining the revolution because she feared for her sisters lives and worried about them getting killed. Little did she know that her prediction would later come true. Eventually she decided against joining the revolutionary group, making her the only surviving sister to pass down her other sisters tale. Next there was Minerva, the third sister, and most definitely the most headstrong. It was Minerva who suggested starting a revolt against Trujillo after completing law school, which was very uncommon for women at that time. Finally the oldest sister was Patricia. Patricia was very religious and also was a main contributor to her sisters revolutionary group. Some other main characters that would be good to know is Rafael Trujillo, also known as “El Jefe” or “The chief/boss”. He is seen as the main antagonist of this...
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