In the Time of the Butterflies Questions and Answers
by Julia Alvarez

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What are some of Dede's strengths and fears and how do they help her make some good and bad descisions in the future? i want to know some of the qualities that Dede possesses and how these qualities have had an impact on her future decisions. i want some quotes to prove it and some of her strenghts and weaknesses

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One of Dede's weaknesses is her capitulation to the "rule" of men. Unlike Minerva, Dede believes in the authority of patriarchy. In Chapter Five, she disapproves of Minerva's crossing the line in things she considers the domain of men. For example, when Jamito asks Dede to join a game, Dede declines:

"I wouldn't be much help," Dede giggles. Truly, she had always considered sports- like politics - something for men.

Another of her weaknesses is her thinking that she can make decisions...

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