What are some chapters in the book that have to do with oppression or alienation?Alienation is a social disorder in which someone has difficulty relating to others. Oppression is the unjust or...

What are some chapters in the book that have to do with oppression or alienation?

Alienation is a social disorder in which someone has difficulty relating to others.

Oppression is the unjust or cruel exercise of power

I just need to know some chapters that tell about the Trujillo abusing his powers or about alienation

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Chapter Eight ("Patria: 1959"), which starts on page 148, gives several excellent examples of the spiritual alienation Patria felt after she witnesses a battle while she is on a church retreat. This battle is between Trujillo's forces and the rebels who want to see him thrown out of office. Patria and her fellow churchgoers happen to be nearby when the shooting starts and they see everything. The cruelty of Trujillo's goons astounds her and she becomes angry with God about the political situation. She feels increasingly alienated from God because she does not see the Church responding yet to the crises all around them. Moreover, she is one of the only members of her family who solemnly considers the revolution from a spiritual point of view. Being alone among family, although she eventually decides to rebel with them, is also very alienating.

Chapter Eleven ("Maria Teresa: March to August 1960"), which begins on page 227, gives us examples of the Trujillo regime oppressing the imprisoned revolutionaries. Maria Teresa and Minerva have to smuggle in food and medicine to survive the horrendous conditions. They are also oppressed politically: Maria Teresa fears for the safety of the comrades mentioned in her diary, so she takes the time to blot out their names. She fears speaking/writing freely, in case her contraband diary gets confiscated.

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