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Mirabal Sisters

In the novel In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez, four sisters Minerva, Patria, Mate, and Dede revolt against Dominican Republic dictator Rafael Trujillo, in hopes of making their country a better place. When power given is used unjustly, citizens are forced to resist, this can be reflected through literature, history, as well as personal experience. In Julia Alvarez’s In the Time of The Butterflies, Minerva Mirabal does everything she can to oppose dictator Rafael Trujillo’s rule in...

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In the Time of the Butterflies Essay

the Time of the Butterflies, written by Julia Alvarez, four sisters are led through a risk infested journey in which they must overcome hindrances with hollow consequences. This historical fiction novel takes us through a rollercoaster of events, incorporating everything from the partialities towards women, to life below the oppressive administration of the Dominican Republic’s dictator, Rafael Trujillo. The events painted by the four sisters give us some insight as to the positives and negatives of...

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In the Time of the Butterflies

Trujillo and the government throughout the novel. This cruel leader's brutal actions lead the Mirabal sisters to join the revolution. The people of Dominican Republic want to end the tyranny they suffer from Trujillo, and live under a free nation. Sacrifice becomes necessary to achieve social change when there is loss of personal freedoms, abuse of power, and physical abuse. Even though, the four Maribal sisters were all part of the revolution, Dede was the only one who survived. Dede's survival symbolizes...

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Minerva Mirabal

12, 2014 In The Time of Minerva Mirabal In my tenth grade literature class this year I had the opportunity to read a book that I had never thought about reading. To my surprise, once I started reading I couldn’t stop. The book was titled, “In The Time of The Butterflies.” This book spoke of four sisters who were just trying to survive. One of the sisters, however, decided she wouldn’t just survive, she would fight. This young woman was known as Minerva Mirabal, the outspoken butterfly. How would...

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in the time of butterflies

March 25, 2013 Mirabal Sisters When people think of the Dominican Republic in the twentieth century, two words come to mind: Rafael Trujillo. His dictatorship was defined by a rigid control over the Dominican people. But many would also have people remember another history of the Dominican Republic, a history of brave resistance and immense sacrifice. Two different words come to mind when thinking of this history: The Butterflies. These were the code names...

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In the Time of the Butterflies Setting Analysis

In the Time of the Butterflies is a recountment of the Mirabel sisters’ story that took place in various locations in the Dominican Republic during the 1940s – 1960s under the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo, and also including brief moments taking place in 1994. The different locations depict the sisters’ actions for leading the revolution throughout the country. In almost every place, Patria, Dedé, Minerva, and Maria Teresa, encounters many obstacles from their enemies, but that does not discourage...

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Patria Mirabal

Alora Mize Ms. Totty Adv Lit 4 February 2013 Patria Mercedes Mirabal On February 27, 1924 Patria Mirabal, the oldest of the four butterflies, was born “coming out, hands first, as if reaching up for something.” (p.44) Early on in Patrias life, she realized she was being called into a religious life. Patria would freely bequeath any and all of her belongings, to anyone that would ask. The children and their parents who lived nearby, began to “send their kids over to ask [Patria] for a cup of...

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Martyrdom in Its Purest Form

Butterflies, Julia Alvarez uses the character of Minerva Mirabal to show what martyrdom is and that becoming a martyr is more difficult than most think. Because of Minerva’s involvement with the revolution, she has suffered the repercussions of disobeying Trujillo and his infamous SIM; emotionally she is torn up. Then after she suffers through as much as a person can bear, she is delivered the most severe punishment of all, death. Minerva Mirabal proves what it is to be a martyr because throughout...

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Dominican Republic and Hero

about others more than material things. A hero is someone who takes responsibility and protects the weak. Thus, the three types of heroes are everyday hero, superhero and famous hero. My three examples of heroes are Superman, my mother and the Mirabal sisters. They are different but share a common goal, which is to protect and care about others. One kind of hero that exists all over the world is the everyday hero. The person that I consider my everyday hero is my mother. The qualities that make...

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The Dominican Struggle for Equality

“Ciudad Trujillo” and put 2000 statues of himself in it. He even had signs that flashed “God and Trujillo” 2. He There was an upper class family that stood up against his regime, commonly known as the Mirabal sisters or “The Butterflies”. All before the age of 20, three of the 4 children in the Mirabal family were part of the underground rebel group called the 14th of June Movement (or more formally known as the Dominican Liberation Movement). The head of the 14h of June Movement was Minerva’s Husband...

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