Are Dede, Mama, and Papa considered heroes in the revolution in In the Time of the Butterflies?

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It is clear from the novel that these three characters are definitely not viewed as heroes in the same way as the three sisters who are killed for the revolutionary cause they are working to support. Dede was definite in her decision not to participate in subversive activities and the sisters' parents likewise were not involved in the revolutionary movement. After the brutal assassination of the three sisters, the emotion and support that is unleashed is focussed on the survivors, but at the same time surviving does not make them heroes of the movement, and they must work very hard to look after all of the nephews and neices that are left over and need care, compassion and love.

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