In The Time Of The Butterflies Courage Essay

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In The Time of The Butterflies

The novel, “In the Time of the Butterflies,” by Julia Alvarez shows a persistent amount of courage with the main characters. The background of In the Time of the Butterflies is mid-20th century Dominican Republic under the dictatorship of Rafael Leonidas Trujillo and the story of the Mirabal Sisters. The Dominican Republic is ruled by a fascist dictator named Rafael Leonidas Trujillo or El Jefe, who runs and ruins everybody life who do not listen. The Mirabal Sisters were four sisters who formed a rebellion against the malevolent dictator and were killed because of his constant abuses against the people. One of the sisters, Minerva, shows exemplary amounts of courage throughout the novel. She shows courage in various ways, such as Trujillo’s lecherous actions against her, protesting the government in prison, starting a revolution and lying to protect others.

The first example of courageous behavior of Minerva was when she met Sinita in 1944. She met Sinita who told her all about his abuses in the
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Manolo is constantly gone for long periods of time. Maria Teresa, or Mate, is one of the Mirabal sisters who suspect Manolo is cheating on Minerva. This all goes sideways when Minerva announces to Mate that Manolo and she are starting a revolution against the regime. The book states, under Mate’s perspective, “Manolo and Minerva have explained everything. A national underground is forming. Everyone and everything has a code name.”(Alvarez, Pg 142) Even though in Mate’s perspective, Minerva shows intellectual courage by explaining their plans of the revolution with secrecy and the willingness to revolt against Trujillo’s regime to establish a free democracy. Minerva’s bravery to explain to her sister and recruiting her shows that people want to fight and shows her political influence over

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