Detail with examples how the Mirabal sisters become aggressors of the regime in In the Time of the Butterflies.

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It is clear that if we examine each sister in turn, each one walks her own journey to becoming an aggressor against the Trujillo regime. With Minerva, for example, it is clear that her associations with other rebels and the way that the Trujillo regime discriminates against women is a key factor. With Maria Teresa, it is love that draws her in to the conflict. With Patria, however, it is seeing the effects of Trujillo on her country first hand that forces her to take a moral stand against what she sees as being wrong.

Note how this occurs. In Chapter Eight, Patria is in her church during a retreat listening to her Padre, when explosions descend around them. She sees four or five men running towards them from government forces. She sees one boy in particular running towards her, and looks at his face as he dies, so that she sees the "wonder on his young face as the life drained out of him." Watching his death, she identifies this boy as being one of hers. Note how this experience profoundly changes her:

Coming down that mountain, I was a changed woman. i may have worn the same sweet face, but not I was carrying not just my child but the dead boy as well.

Patria decides that she is unable to sit back and let "her babies" die, which helps her to resolve to become involved in the rebel movement. So, as we can see, with Patria, it is witnessing the brutality of Trujillo's regime first hand that makes Patria join her sisters in opposing Trujillo.

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