In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

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In the novel In the Time of the Butterflies, what do the butteflies represent? Please provide a quote to support your answer.

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"Butterflies" also allude to the idea that even a flower's petal falling on the ground or, in this case, a gentle flutter of wing, can have a profound impact on the universe.  Allende dramatizes the heroic possibilities of the ordinary, of the seemingly obscure, which is the traditional way many would have viewed women in the Dominican Republic during the time of the events in the novel. Science speaks of an idea called the butterfly effect that argues "a butterfly

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