Please give an example of fear in the novel In the time of the Butterflies.

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One of the most profound examples of fear that I found in this moving and amazing novel is when Maria Teresa is in prison and is taken from her cell to be tortured in front of her husband as an attempt to get him to speak. You might want to think about Maria Teresa's description of her own fear and how she reacts to the terrible situation she undergoes:

They stripped me down to my slip and brassiere and made me lie down on this long metal table, but they didn't buckle the belts I saw dangling down the sides. I have never known such terror. My chest was so tight I could barely breathe.

Of course, this terror only worsens when they bring in her husband and then begin to torture her with electricity. There are plenty of other examples you could pick out from this novel though, so do look elsewhere for the terror that the other sisters experience at various points. For me, this was the most impactful experience of terror in the novel.

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