In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez Essay

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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 …show more content…
“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 continuously hiding fugitives and weapons. They hide documents and initiate meetings in their homes. Mate, one of the sisters, even memorizes bomb designs and makes them. “I’ve got to memorise this diagram before we burn the master.”(144)

The fact that Mate starts to take part in the production of bombs shows that she has no fear at all. Minerva becomes infamous in her own town, Ojo de Agua, and

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