He was murdered along with the Mirabal girls. This is why in the end Dede's character is a likeable one. All the sisters see Carmen and his four daughters at his funeral. Hilda A revolutionary orphan with whom Minerva becomes friends while she is at Inmaculada Concepcion. And so surviving is the sacrifice that Dedé wasn't able to make along with her sisters—she has to suffer through life alone.
This way, it is clear to a wider audience how a powerful dictatorship can control your life. There were the letters from Lio to Minerva. What can be done to reduce such violence in this country? Don't Look Back Dedé's function in the novel is to tell the story of her sisters to the woman interviewing her. Throughout the story, the decisions Dede makes to remain uninvolved in the revolution gradually separate her from her sisters, their husbands, and the hardships they face. Rainy Spell The Mirabals leave the party before Trujillo leaves, which is unlawful in the Dominican Republic under Trujillo.
This was from an outsiders point of view, Dede wouldn't have noted certain characteristics of her own house. Would you rather be known as the one who survived, or not be known at all? In the book, Alvarez makes the Mirabal sisters come alive throughout the book with her use of foreshadowing, detailed characterization, and selection of detail. Though his rule does provide some economic stability, it is also a time of murder, fear and the dissolution of civil liberties. Now, both Mate and Minerva are filled with hatred toward this dictator who takes what he wants. The four Mirabal girls were raised comfortably and educated well by their doting parents. Alvarez utilizes detailed characterization to allow the reader to personalize the characters and distinguish the differences between the qualities of the four sisters.
She decides not to participate in the revolutionary movement of overthrowing Trujillo. In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez emphasizes that an edifice without a foundation will crumble, as will a society which does not refer to the lessons of its past for assistance and data. Patria Patria Mercedes Mirabal Reyes is the oldest of the Mirabal sisters, and also the most religious. He opposes by saying that colleges are not for women. She is the most fervently revolutionary and has heard Trujillo's dark secrets from her best friend, Sinitia Perozo, who first told of the evil of Trujillo.
The dictator mandates, for example, that his portrait be placed in every home alongside religious icons, gradually drawing within the victims' minds a subconscious parallel between himself and divinity, an illusion that stunts the beholders' analytical faculties to fully identify with or direct their attention toward Trujillo's atrocities. As vengeance for their political activities, Trujillo orders three of the sisters be killed on Puerto Plata Road, with their driver Rufino, while returning from visiting their husbands in jail. The United Nations named that date for the annual. He comes closer and closer toward Minerva, and she slaps him. Maria Teresa's admiration of Minerva is already apparent in this first chapter, as Dede remembers them talking of the future. Like her mother, she is strong-willed and independent.
She is one of the sisters that is more concerned about material things, which also describes her as materialistic. She joined because she wanted to feel worthy of Leandro. Patria discusses her own susceptibility to such a deception. The men left behind in the Dominican Republic are not so lucky. But after the visit with her sisters, she begins seeing life from another perspective, one that allows her to understand the cause and even begin to believe in it. She does not get arrested along with her sisters but in the end she is killed along side them. A few types of courage are defined, below.
Patria is the oldest of the Mirabal sisters, she is also very religious. Remind them of the quotations from Mark Twain and Nelson Mandela and explain that in some situations, a person who is not afraid is foolish or unobservant; courage is not the absence of fear but the act of overcoming it. She is constantly worrying about her sisters, telling them they'll be killed. People would come to tell her of the girls' final moments on the day of their death: Each visitor would break my heart all over again, but I would sit on this very rocker and listen for as long as they had something to say. What is going through her head at this point? Minerva is the third Mirabal sister, and certainly the most determined.
About the Author Julia Alvarez was born in New York City, but her parents moved back to the Dominican Republic when she was still an infant. Alvarez does a splendid job of using literary devices including foreshadowing, selection of detail, and detailed characterization to make the heroic story of the Mirabel sisters come alive. When she begins to live with her sister, Minerva, and learns of the revolution, she decides to join in the struggle. She is married to Monolo and they have two sons; Minou and Manolito. The governors ask Minerva whether she lied to Trujillo that she does not know Lio. Trujillo had many people killed if they were against him, and if anyone else found out that he had people killed then he would have them killed as well, he also rapped many young women. The sisters live in the foothills of the tobacco fields, a very unpopulated area, which is hard to find as no street signs exist in the country.