In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

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What are the names of Dede's children?

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Dede Mirabal's husband, Jaimito, brands his three sons with his own name. Their first names are all Jaime as well, so they have to go by their middle names--Enrique, Rafael, and David. This is a symbol of Jaimito's way of thinking. He sees his sons (and also his wife) as "his" property. He sees himself, the father and the husband, as the head of the household, and thus as the sole decision-maker.

Jaimito's selfishness and various flaws are a huge part of the reason that Dede is the only Mirabal sister who does not join the revolution against Rafael Trujillo, the cruel dictator of the Dominican Republic. The husbands of...

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