In The Time Of The Butterflies By Julia Alvarez

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A beautiful, captivating, and revolutionary story, In the Time of the Butterflies, was written by Julia Alvarez and is a true account about struggle, courage, and love between four sisters, their families, and the people they encountered in their lives. This captivating story is so easy to relate to, as it’s written by a woman, about women, for women. What comes across clearly throughout the story is the Mirabal sisters’ passion for the revolution and how it overwhelmed their lives and the lives of anyone that was involved, or came into contact, with them. This resulted in the sisters being better revolutionaries than mothers, wives, sisters, or daughters. Their passion for the revolution is what drove them the most and what ultimately drove them to involuntarily put their families’ lives at risk. They participated, and were involved in the revolution in spite of the risk of imprisonment and torture. The Mirabal sisters fought until death for what they believe in and the benefit of their country.
Over the course of the novel, the Mirabal sisters have shown a strong desire to be in the revolution and free their country from the cruel hands of Trujillo and his regime whilst putting their families in danger. Minerva is the first to give into the revolution as she leaves her children with her sisters and mother while she goes on to try and free the country. “I, who treasured my children more than my own life, couldn’t believe my sister would leave her son for anything…..”(155).Though abandoning her child must be a hard thing to do, Minerva does this, which strongly portrays her dedication to the revolution is stronger than her dedications to her children. They allow their homes to be ‘invaded’ by the revolutionaries; allow their homes to be used as the main committee meeting point, and allow it to be a safe house for fugitives and weapons. “It was on that rocker where I had nursed every one of my babies that I saw my sister Minerva looking through the viewfinder of an m-1 carbine” (167). They change a place, which is a home to their family and where they watch their little ones grow up, into such a dark and bustling place where a lot of trouble is arising. They put their families at severe risk and danger for the revolution, knowing very well what they are doing, but yet continue to do so. In effect, their family does suffer and go through these situations as a result of the choices they make. The Mirabal sisters’ passion for the revolution completely blind sights them into making foolish decisions which in some cases aren’t theirs to make, especially in their families’ cases.
Like every other dictatorship, those who appose Trujillo are either tortured or imprisoned. The Mirabal sisters know the consequences of apposing and rebelling against Trujillo’s regime, but yet they still choose to continue in their efforts and activities. They are very much a driving force in the movement and are...

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