In the time of the butterflies

Near its end, Sinita, playing Liberty, suddenly walks up to Trujillo with her toy bow In the time of the butterflies aims an imaginary arrow at him. She is not as certain about the revolution as her sisters and feels weaker because of that fact. Her father is soon detained for interrogation, and the experience breaks his health.

They are harassed, persecuted, and imprisoned, all while their family suffers retaliation from the Military Intelligence Service SIM. They make it to the prison safely, but midway home the narrative breaks off abruptly.

Sinita eventually confided in Minerva the truth about Trujillo - that their "glorious" leader was a killer. Dede is the second Mirabal sister.

In the Time of the Butterflies Summary

Nelson, Noris, and Raulito. She later regains her faith on a pilgrimage to Higuey that she takes with her mother and sisters. Known as the mariposas and meeting clandestinely outside the home of Patria and her husband Pedrito, the guerilla movement took root.

Father to the Mirabal girls, and married to Mama.

He has a wife and one child. They were strangled and clubbed, then returned to the Jeep and pushed off the cliffside. Alternating chapters from the point of view of each sister, Alvarez expresses how each came to be a revolutionary from a unique place.

Alvarez points out in her postscript that even Dominicans living in the United States knew of the bravery of the Mirabal girls. The third Mirabal sister, and certainly the most headstrong. He speaks out publicly against the government, which is considered suicide. A worker for the Mirabal family who claims to be a fortune teller.

She later goes to Santo Domingo and becomes a revolutionary, just like Minerva. After the girls die, she claims to be possessed by them. Virgilio Morales, nicknamed "Lio". The Mirabal sisters had been murdered just three months after her father got involved with the underground against Trujillo.

Especially powerful, were the diary entries written by Mate throughout her life as she grasps what joining the movement would do to herself and her family.

By age ten, the three sisters entered the La Escuela de Imaculada Concepcion and started down the path to both a higher education and to learning revolutionary ideals. Soon afterward, Trujillo releases the Butterflies. In this powerful book which I rate 4.

She has three children: When he and Dede were first married he was kind, but over the years he and Dede drift apart. He is a revolutionary, but unlike most, he is not underground. In the end, she is the only survivor of her four sisters. He and Patria have three children: The sisters either married a cousin as was expected or for love, and all four couples played a role in the revolution that would take down Trujillo and bring democracy to the island.

Through the courage and unwavering attitude of the Mirabal sisters and their families, the revolution occurred less than a year later.In the Time of the Butterflies was selected for the National Endowment for the Arts' Big Read (really cool). Some grouchy reviewers don't think that it does a good enough job of building up the historical context, but we disagree.

A novelist, poet, and essayist, she is the author of nineteen books, including How the García Girls Lost Their Accents,In the Time of the Butterflies—a National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Selection—Yo!, Something to Declare, In the Name of Salome, Saving theWorld, A Wedding in Haiti, and The Woman I Kept to Myself/5().

In the Time of the Butterflies is the fictional story of four real persons, the Mirabal sisters of the Dominican Republic. Inthree of the sisters, members of the underground movement. Aug 19,  · In the Time of the Butterflies is inspired by the true story of the three Mirabal sisters who, inwere murdered for their part in an underground plot to overthrow the government/10(2K).

In the Time of the Butterflies is a wonderful book. I read it for an 11th grade reading assignment, and I absolutely devoured it from the first page.

It is wonderfully written and a touching story/5().

In the Time of the Butterflies

n the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez is an intense tale of the four Mirabal sisters, Minerva, Dedé, María Teresa, and Patricia. The book starts in the s as an interviewer arrives at one of the sister’s houses for an exclusive interview/5.

In the time of the butterflies
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