The Time Of The Butterflies By Julia Alvarez Essay

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“In the Time of the Butterflies” is a historical novel by Julia Alvarez, relating an account of the Mirabal sisters during the time of the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic. Maria Teresa is the youngest of the four Mirabal sisters. She is very superficial and materialistic in the beginning of the story, but she becomes a resilient, strong-willed revolutionary hero. Further, Maria Teresa is willing to sacrifice herself for the sake of her family’s right for a liberal nation. Maria Teresa is very artificial and bourgeois in the beginning of the story, but she becomes a robust, determined revolutionary hero. Maria Teresa narrates her story by writing in a diary, which reflects the inconsequential happenings in her life; like buying a “needed” pair of shoes, or a handbag she’ll always have to carry. She was a follower of the Dominican Republic president, Rafael Trujillo. Maria Teresa states, “I am taking these few minutes to wish El Jefe Happy Benefactor’s Day with all my heart. I feel so lucky that we have him for a president,” (37). Mate, a nickname given to Maria Teresa by her sisters, was gullible and believed the lies that were told to her by many people, including her father. The lies deemed Trujillo as a fair dictator who killed people for pliable reasons; such as if someone were to not hang a picture of Trujillo in their house, they would be sentenced to death. The faithful slaves of Trujillo saw him as God, and nothing less. Mate was unaware of her…

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