A Summary Of In The Time Of The Butterflies

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The story, In the Time of the Butterflies, commenced in 1994, with Dede, the only surviving Mirabal sister, being interviewed in 1994. She was explaining to the interviewer and to the readers about her other three sisters’ unfortunate death. This unfolds a series of flashbacks that are explained throughout the book. In the derivation, the reader encounters the Butterflies, the nicknames given to the revolutionist Mirabal sisters, Minevra, Patria, and Maria Teresa (better known as Mate.) Their journey unraveled during the sisters’ time spent at Inmaculada Concepción, a religious boarding school for young women. During her stay, Minevra encounters Sinita, a young girl who opened Minerva’s eyes to the horrid, gruesome plots that the country’s …show more content…
He implanted realistic ideas into Minerva’s head of the proper ways to be involved in the revolution and how the government should be run. Lio believed and told Dede and Minerva that his plan was to, “… dispose the dictator in this and this way. Second, we have arranged for a provisional government. Third, we mean to set up a committee of private citizens to oversee free elections.” (Alvarez 77) To the reader, this was recognized as a democratic government. His ideas of freedom to vote, freedom of speech, and a government that has checks and balances inspired Minevra, Patria, and Mate to join a underground organization of revolutionists where they assisted in smuggling and hiding illegal guns in their household, and helped in plot fighting against the government. Although, Trujillo convinced the people of the Dominican Republic that Lio’s ideas were a form of communism, which created him into an enemy of the state and caused him to flee. Following the Mirabal sisters and their father invite to a ball hosted by Trujillo, their names became known to the government as rebels. During the party, Trujillo requested that Minerva would dance with him, and while speaking to her in a crude sense of tone and humor, she slapped him across the face. Knowing that this would end in an extremely large punishment for her and …show more content…
Patria, Mate, Minerva and their husbands became more involved and major advocates of the revolution. Minerva, Mate, Patria’s son Nelson, and the husbands, Pedrito, Leanardo, and Manolo are taken into custody, leaving the sisters’ mother, Dede, her husband, and Patria to take care of the children and the house. Eventually, Nelson was released and pardoned because he just turned eighteen. In prison, Minevra was a leading revolutionary advocate. She delivered speeches and held secret meetings with other inmates. On the other hand, Mate, cowered to her journal, and she was not able to muster up the strength to implant ideas into prisoners head about joining the revolution. Eventually, she and Minevra were released along with the rest of the women. This occurred because, during the Organization of American States Peace Committee’s inspection of the prison, they received the anonymous note Mate left them during an interview. The note was written by Minerva which reveled to them to horrors of the Dominican prison. The OAS Peace Committee visited the Dominican Republic because of complaints that Trujillo was not abiding by their rules, and was leading a corrupted

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