Imagine getting assasinated in cold blood by an corrupt regime. That is the harsh truth of the Dominican Republic chronicled in the novel In the Time of the Butterflies. The four Mirabal sisters live their legacy through their survivor sister, Dede. Their lives are dedicated in overthrowing the government but tragically perish before completing their intention.
The survivor sister, Dede, speaks to tell her struggles and what her family went through. The Mirabal sisters lives are being told in the novel In the Time of the Butterflies written by Julia Alvarez. Dede Mirabal fights against social inequality with her sisters against their evil ruler, Trujillo. She constantly tries to avoid being compromised with her sisters in the beginning but that soon starts causing struggles to arise within her marriage and isolate her from the rest. Dede then has a political waking after staying with her sisters and draws herself in when she sees the meaning of it from a different mindset. Dede Mirabal of In the Time of the Butterflies demonstrates her strength, trustworthy, and practical traits which helps her become the only one to survive the ambush of 1960. Dede Mirabal of In the Time of the Butterflies written by Julia Alvarez reveals her strength when she starts turning into someone who realizes how much of a difference her sister’s are making. She is involved in an sadistic marriage with Jaimito and always stands by what he says and when she becomes aware of it, she becomes even stronger of a woman.
“Next Sunday, while Jaimito was at his gallera, Dede would ride over to the meeting. When he came back, he would find the note propped on his pillow. I feel like I’m buried alive. I need to get out. I cannot go on with this travesty.” (Alvarez 180) Dede progresses toward becoming somebody that never again pursues in their relationship and her quality causes her take control of her own life by settling on choices to accomplish something she really needs to do. Dede Mirabal of In the Time of the Butterflies written by Julia Alvarez uncovers her trustworthiness when she forfeits herself to ensure her sister Minerva. She comprehends the danger she’s putting herself through yet family has always been her first need and when the time has come to demonstrate her faithfulness, Dede does only that.
When Dede and Minerva are are stopped by the Callies, Dede lies and says she’s Minerva to ensure her sister is protected. “My name is Minerva Mirabal.” (Alvarez 227) In spite of the fact that Dede is frightened, she is determined to secure Minerva. The readers are seeing how reliable Dede is and the amount she’ll put on hold to help her sister to out. Dede Mirabal of In the Time of the Butterflies written by Julia Alvarez uncovers her practical trait when she holds back even when it is seen wrong to others. She is the sister that survives and always contemplates the consequences. This is the nature that makes her reevaluates things from joining and lastly keeps her safe but on the other hand is depicting as fearful.
At the point when Dede is in her more youthful years, even her dad predicts that she’ll be turned into a survivor. “She’ll bury us all,” her father adds, laughing, “in silk and pearls.”(Alvarez 8) Later on in the book, the expectation is confirmed and influences readers to consider the start.
“I remembered Papá’s prediction, Dede will bury us all in silk and pearls. But I said no. They all died the same, let them all be buried the same.” (Alvarez 307) That once carefree joke Papa makes soon transforms into an eerie proclamation.
Dede is continually keeping down especially when Lio enters the sister’s lives yet then readers start to comprehend what makes her remarkable from the rest. Her quality to have commonsense is a factor in her absence in the revolution which makes her safe. Dede Mirabal of In the Time of the Butterflies written by Julia Alvarez demonstrates her strength, trustworthiness, and practical traits which causes her turn into the the single survivor of the ambush of 1960. The surviving sister’s strength is seen at the time when she sees how severe her relationship is with Jaimito and takes control of her own life.
Dede also exhibits her trustworthiness when she and Minerva are getting are stopped by the Callies, Dede lies and says she’s Minerva to guarantee her sister is protected. Lastly, the young ladies’ practical nature is what makes her reconsiders things from joining and lastly keeps her safe but on the other hand is depicted as fearful. With each slaughter and non-remorseful kill leaves a survivor. Few out of every haunting story will close with a peaceful end just like the Mirabal sisters.