In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

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How does Dede change throughout the novel In the Time of the Butterflies?

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In the novel In the Time of the Butterflies, Dede is the middle sister in the Mirabal family unit of four sisters. Unlike her outspoken and revolutionary sisters, Dede is a play-it-safe kind of woman. I think her bravery is overlooked, as it takes courage for her to continue to forge her own path instead of succumbing to the pressure to join the impending revolution.

I believe the sweetest and most profound irony in the story is revealed when Dede, who chooses to play it safe and separate herself from her sisters and “their” cause, lives on and ensures the cause is not forgotten. Her strength lies in the fact that she will fight her battle alone and away from support, direction, or protection.

When Dede finally realizes that her sisters are fighting for a great cause, she is told there will be no support from home. Her husband, Jaimito, will not stand by and promote her decision to support her family in the revolution. But this man has been abusive and domineering. Will she listen to...

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