In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

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What function does symbolism seem to serve in the novel "In The Time of the Butterflies"?

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The life cycle of the butterfly is an important symbol of the novel to which, and of course, the title alludes.

Literally, butterflies (in Spanish, "Las Mariposas") are beautiful but have very brief lives. The same is true of the Mirabel sisters, Minerva, Maria Teresa, and Patria, beautiful women whose young...

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