In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

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How does Trujillo abuse his power and how does it affect the characters in In the Time of the Butterflies? How do the people of the Dominican Republic experience the abuse of power?

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In The Time of the Butterflies, the Dominican people experience Trujillo's abuse of power when they are forced to suffer through his unchallenged decisions.  Early in the novel, Minerva learns about the plight of a friend whose family members are killed for opposing the views of Trujillo.  Trujillo continually makes decisions such as these and anyone who speaks out against him is either imprisoned, tortured, or murdered.  The people are thus silenced and must adhere to his rule.  Minerva, Maria Theresa, and Patria Mirabal are all killed by Trujillo's henchmen because they have led an active resistance against him.  So, the people of the Dominican Republic experience Trujillo's abuse of power through having their voices as citizens silenced and being forced to live in continual fear.

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