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How does Minerva in In the Time of the Butterflies portray courage throughout the story?

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cameren | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 15, 2010 at 12:44 PM via web

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How does Minerva in In the Time of the Butterflies portray courage throughout the story?

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lmetcalf | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted September 16, 2010 at 12:16 PM (Answer #1)

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Minerva is arguably the lead protagonist of the novel and shows many acts of bravery and courage throughout the novel.  As a young woman she defiantly slaps Trujillo for what she considers inappropriate behavior and defends herself and her friends from his attitudes.  As you grows into full adulthood she joins and becomes a leader of the resistance group who are determined to overthrow the same dictator, Trujillo.  She transports weapons and actively recruits others to join the resistance.  Her actions are clearly viewed as dangerous by the regime, so much so, that she and her sisters are imprisoned for no legitimate reason.  She bravely faces the situation and uses it as a means to furth promote the cause.  She also bravely befriends the more criminal women in prison and uses the time to teach them to live better lives and in the cause of the resistance.  She faces extreme interrogations and physical torture, but she can't be broken.  She makes jokes and taunts Trujillo's men who spy around her home.

Another side of her courage is her determination to do the right thing, even when those things are hard.  She treats her father's illegitimate daughters with respect and ensures that they all receive an education and support.  She perservers after the time in prison, even though she reveals that she is tired and wants to quit it all. 

It can be safely stated that most all of Minerva's actions in the novel can be viewed as examples of some kind of courage.

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