In the Time of the Butterflies is a historical fiction novel written by Julia Alvarez. The narrative centers around a fictionalized account of the Mirabel sisters, four revolutionaries and activists who opposed the Rafael Trujillo regime in the Dominican Republic. Three of the four sisters (Minerva, María Teresa, and Patria) eventually were assassinated for their activism.
The third and most headstrong of the sisters is named Minerva. As the title alludes to, the characters will undergo a change or a metamorphosis.
The first sign of change for Minerva is in chapter 2 when she goes to “sleepaway school.” This experience takes Minerva out of her childhood innocence and opens her eyes the problems of other Dominicans. Specifically, she is able to make connections between the issues she was hidden from as a child when hears the stories from Sinita. She realizes the inherent evil of the regime, deftly commenting:
I’d just left a small cage to go into a bigger one.
In chapter 6, Minerva is...
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