Reasons In In The Time Of The Butterflies

1070 Words 5 Pages
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 …show more content…
One can find inspiration as a result of something, in this case, Minerva found inspiration by doing something to help make her home, the Dominican Republic, a better place by ending Trujillo’s reign. Maté writes in her journal about Minerva’s interest in the resistance and the actions of Fidel Castro saying “Minerva is up to her old tricks again. She wraps a towel around the radio and lies under the bed listening to illegal stations” (123). In work, doing something you find inspiring makes your job less burdening and more meaningful. Minerva did not have to join the resistance, she could have walked away and avoided the danger she was putting herself in, but she didn’t. Her inspiration is found what Lio, Manolo, Leandro, and others around her were trying to do. Her inspiration allowed her to fully dedicate herself to the resistance and truly make a difference.Even in prison Minerva stayed strong, teaching her sister and other political prisoners about the resistance and why they had to do this. For some people it is very hard to find inspiration, but most of the time people just are not looking to be inspired. Minerva found her inspiration because she was excited to learn law in the capital and fulfill her dreams of becoming a lawyer. Had Minerva not joined the resistance she would have felt unfulfilled and unhappy with what she had done with her life. It was a

Related Documents