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Trujillo and Propanda in Dictatorship

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Dalia Hneidi

on 6 April 2014

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Transcript of Trujillo and Propanda in Dictatorship

Propaganda in The Time Of The Butterflies Cont'd:
The merging of Trujillo and Jesus is again shown in chapter 6 p. 90
In chapter 10 p. 202, as Patria walks through the doors of her mother’s house, she catches herself praying to a new portrait of El Jefe hung alone.
Her faith to Jesus has slowly been replaced with her faith for Trujillo
Also, Patria’s hesitance in joining the revolution is partly due to the fact that she still believes that Trujillo is the saint he makes himself out to be.

Trujillo as a Megalomaniac and Propaganda in Dictatorship
Rafael Trujillo, Joseph Stalin, and Their Use of Propaganda
By: Dalia Hneidi
Trujillo Background Information:
Trujillo was born on October 24, 1981
Was known as "El Jefe" and was the dictator of the Dominican Republic
During Trujillo's campaign, he organized a secret police force, the Military Intelligence Service or SIM, to torture and murder supporters of the opposing candidate
The Trujillo Era, caused the deaths of about 50,000 people.
Many of the crimes he committed such as the killing of the Mirabel Sisters, caught the attention of other countries.
His oppression and torture to his people is what caused him to keep his power.
He killed any person who spoke against him.
Joseph Stalin Background Information:
Joseph Stalin was the dictator of the Soviet Union.
He was born on December 18, 1878 and died on March 5, 1953.
The NKVD, his secret police, as well as the harsh conditions in the Gulags, helped Stalin cause around 20-30 million deaths under his regime.
Much like Trujillo, Stalin (using spies) worked fast to silence anyone who opposed his regime, making them fear them.
This way, Stalin gained much power and control over his people.
Stalin’s cult of personality became an important part of Soviet Culture.

Propaganda in Dictatorships:
Propaganda is when an individual or country uses mass media, information (may be false at times) or other methods, to damage or destroy an opposing government, movement, or leader.
Dictators like Stalin and Trujillo used propaganda to ensure they stayed in power.
Stalin for example, named cities after himself (Stalingrad, Stalino, Stalinsk, etc.) and even prizes such as the Stalin Peace Prize.
Trujillo had many statues set up and made it obligatory to have a picture of himself in every household.
Trujillo changed the capital’s name from Santo Domingo to Ciudad Trujillo.
Trujillo forced the churches to post the slogan “God in heaven, Trujillo on Earth”, which caused people to associate them together.
The use of propaganda made both Trujillo and Stalin become known all-powerful all-knowing leaders.

Propaganda in The Time Of The Butterflies:
In the novel, we learn that families were required to hang a picture of Trujillo near Jesus' picture to signify his power and to show that he is of equal importance as Jesus.
The major theme in the book is "Trujillo and God"
Patria, one of the Mirabel sisters, finds herself praying to a portrait of Trujillo rather than Jesus.
This shows that they have become closely associated with each other.
The slogan “God and Trujillo” created by Trujillo himself, suggests that God approves of Trujillo’s power and is on his side.

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