"Mirabal Sisters" Essays and Research Papers

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Abuse of Power from Rafael Trujillo the Novel In the Time of Butterflies

Furthermore, Julia Alvarez points out in her novel In the Time of the Butterflies (2010), “We joked about all the commemorative marches and boring speeches…..We could talk freely in the car, since there was no one to overhear us, “ (p.56) The Mirabal girls have to be super alone as a family to actually talk freely against the government and that shows how easily it was to be caught talking freely against the government. The fact that Trujillo has left a fear factor in the D.R on open minds showing...

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Analysis of Quotes from In the Time of Butterflies

leader among the politicals. While most are too scared to make big stands against the government, Leo makes bold decisions, which often end up in him being kicked-out of the country. Leo was a very courageous man, and was the primary reason the Mirabal sisters become involved with the rebellion in the first place. 3. “He yanked me by the wrist, thrusting his pelvis at me in a vulgar way, and I can see my hand in an endless slow motion rise – a mind of its own –and came down on the astonished, made-up...

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In The Time Of The Butterflies

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...

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In the Time of the Butterflies: Reflection Paper

people were killed during his reign of terror. Amongst those victims were three—out of four—of the Mirabal sisters, Patria, Minerva, and Maria Teresa. Dede was the surviving sister. In the Time of the Butterflies is a fictionalization of the lives of the Mirabal sisters from their personal views of what happened during that time. It recounts the rebellion against Trujillo. Minerva, the most independent sister, began to realize the horrible actions of Trujillo from her school friend Sinita, whose family...

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The Living Martyr

Through the novel, In the Time of the Butterflies, Julia Alvarez took the tragic story of the Mirabal sisters and made it her own. She molded and developed the Mirabal sisters into relatable characters over the course of the novel as to make the deaths of Minerva, Maria Teresa, and Patria even more traumatic to the reader. Although Dede did not fight the regime with her sisters, she still suffered because of Trujillo. Even though Dede lived, she can still be considered a martyr because her life was...

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In the Time of the Butterflies Patria

Patria’s personality can be best characterized as someone who firmly sticks to their beliefs and has faith in everything and everyone. Patria’s drive to become someone notable after dealing with misfortune after misfortune makes Patria the strongest sister to die in In the Time of the Butterflies. Patria’s personality can be better explained through this quote; “From the [beginning] I felt it snug in my heart, the pearl of great price. No one had to tell me to believe in god or to love everything that...

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In the Time of Butterflies vs. the Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Julia Alverez and The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz. While the effects of the tyrannical regime were direct and immediate for the Mirabal family, it was much more indirect and subtle for the Carabal family. Both novels carried overarching themes of love, oppression and the quest for freedom. The Mirabal sisters, Minerva, Patria, Maria and Dede along with their husbands lived under the ruthless and domineering regime of Trujillo from 1938 to 1960. They lived in...

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Comparison of 2 Articles

Butterflies is a book about sisters that fight to take their god-given right of freedom in the Dominican Republic. To win this freedom, the Mirabal sisters had to give up their safety, give up their childhoods, and give up their lives. Julia Alvarez, the author of the book, takes the readers through these sisters journey's of fighting against their dictator Trujillo, and the many hardships while under this political oppression. It is evident in the book that some sisters had to be the leaders of...

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Don't Forget Where You Came From

dictators, Rafael Trujillo. Julia Alvarez’s father was involved in the underground movement to overthrow the country’s dictator, which was uncovered and forced the family to flee the country four months before the founders of that underground, the Mirabal sisters, were brutally murdered by the dictatorship. Determined to show her adult independence from her family, Yolanda returned to the Dominican Republic. Aware of the region’s fluctuating political climate, she must decide whom to trust and whom to...

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In the Time of the Butterflies.

(Alvarez 162). Four sisters step forward to fight the corruption and injustice of their nation. Against a cruel tyrant and the odds against them, they refuse to give up their beliefs or courage, as they lead their nation toward the war for liberation. The Mirabal sisters represent the anomalies of the society, struggling to fight for their God-given rights of freedom in the 1930-1960’s in the Dominican Republic. In the Time of the Butterflies is not just a story of the Mirabal sister’s immense fight...

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