How do the girls revolt against Trujillo in In the Time of the Butterflies?

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You tagged this question with "Chapter 2," so I'll answer using that chapter. Minerva and her friends decide to take a subversive stand against Trujillo with their play. Instead of writing a play in his honor, they write and perform about their nation's beginnings, honoring instead the people who made their nation great. Sinita, who we know harbors anger towards Trujillo for the murder of her family members, becomes bold in the performance of the play and aims her arrow at Trujillo himself when she is supposed to be aiming at the symbolic enemy on stage with her. Because she holds her aim steady long enough, she makes it clear to Trujillo that this play is not for his pleasure. It is meant as an aesthetic commentary on his regime. Although Trujillo catches on to this and rather crudely responds to Sinita, the girls are nevertheless successful at getting their point across to him. They will not acquiesce to him like their classmate, Lina Lovaton. They will revolt, even if they have to do so surreptitiously.

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