In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

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How is the story affected by the narration switching between charaters?

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This is a deliberate attempt to have the reader see all sides of the effect of Trujillo's regime on the sisters and their nation.

The narrative begins from Dede's point of view, the sole survivor of the murdered Mirabel sisters. Knowing the sisters are already dead from the beginning helps us focus on what happened rather than making it a "thriller," waiting for them to escape or not.

Dede's story is filled with regret. She must live with the consequences of her decisions not...

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