Is The Defeat In Julia Alvarez's In The Time Of The Butterflies

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One of the cruelest dictators in the Dominican Republican history was Rafael Trujillo. Rafael Trujillo was born on October 24, 1891 and first began his career on December 9, 1918 when he accepted training to become a National Guard officer ("Rafael Leonidas Trujillo Molina"). Due to his obedience, enthusiasm, and discipline, once Trujillo had finished training he was quickly promoted, becoming the chief officer(second in command) in 1924 and commander in chief in 1928 (Schoenhals, “Trujillo Molina, Rafael Leónidas (1891–1961)”). After Horacio Vázquez resigned his presidency, Rafael announced his candidacy and used his authority to maneuver the politics by jailing, killing, and beating supporters of his opponent, gaining complete control over the votes. As …show more content…
In the book, Alvarez tells her depiction of the story of each sister. The Mirabal sisters lived during the time that Rafael Trujillo was in power and became part of the resistance against him, eventually costing their lives. There were four sisters, three of whom were murdered by Rafael Trujillo. Patricia is the oldest sister. She was the most religious (catholic) of the sisters and wanted to become a nun. Dede is the second born sister who was always cheerful and compliant; she was the practical one. Dede was the lone sister that survived when her sisters were murdered. Minerva was the next born sister who was outspoken and confident. Minerva was the most involved in the resistance to Rafael Trujillo and was once Trujillo’s desire. Maria Teresa was the youngest of the sisters. While the other sisters were all about a year apart in age, Maria Teresa was nine years younger than Minerva. Maria Teresa was introduced to the resistance by Minerva and continues to be apart of it when she falls in love with a man also involved in the

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