Minerva Character Analysis

In Julia Alvarez’s In the Time of the Butterflies four sisters join an underground resistance group against the cruel dictator of the Dominican Republic, Rafael Trujillo. The plight faced by all Dominicans at the time was a disgrace to human rights. Many lived in poverty due to the dictatorship that controlled the country. Those who spoke out against the totalitarian regime disappeared and were usually never seen again. It was very brave for anyone to stand up to the government for what was right and risk imprisonment and even death. One of the sisters, Minerva, was not afraid of the consequences for doing what she believed was right. Her fearless and outspoken demeanor is what led to the increased following and support. Her involvement with …show more content…
This was never a problem for Minerva, her personality made her want to dig a bit deeper and venture a bit farther to see what she could learn. When going to school, she is very excited to see what life is like outside of Ojo de Agua, she says “And that 's how I got free...I 'd just left a small cage to go into a bigger one, the size of our whole country” (13).Curiosity is a trait seen prominently throughout Minerva’s life; she was the first sister who wanted to leave the house and go to boarding school, her interest in the actions of Trujillo and the Dominican government led to her meeting and becoming involved with the resistance, and unfortunately, her curiosity led to her and her sisters’ deaths Without Minerva’s curiosity, the girls would have lived out their lives, but would have lived in ignorance, unaware of the atrocities being committed around them. Without Minerva’s interest in government she would have never met and had an impact on the Dominican Resistance. Minerva’s curiosity led to enlightenment and knowledge, and as Sir Francis Bacon said; “Knowledge is power.” Minerva’s knowledge did indeed lead to her becoming a powerful voice in the resistance, as well becoming a problem for Trujillo. Trujillo could not have Minerva’s power trump his own so he had her and her sisters killed. The truth is not always directly on the surface, sometimes you have to dig around to find it, and Minerva Mirabal did a lot of digging to find the secrets of

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