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Courage: In the Time of the Butterflies

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Transcript of Courage: In the Time of the Butterflies

by: Ayushi C, Lisha J Overview: Patria Maria Teresa Minerva "She felt a tickling sensation to just let go. To let the craziness overtake her... But who would take care of the boys? and Mama?... Dede could not run away. Courage! It was the first time she had used that word to herself and understood exactly what it meant" (p. 198) Definition: "Minerva acted unconcerned about her safety. She could not desert the cause...and she would not stay holed up in Ojo de Agua and let the SIM kill her spirit"(p.199). Dede Courage How it's Used in the Book: Virgilio Sinita Questions "Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all." fear = gov/Trujillo
courage = The 14th of July Movement
motive = freedom 2) "The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all." How does this quote relate to past books that you have read? Is the living mentioned in the quote meant to be literal, metaphorical or both? Analysis: Analysis: At first, Dede wanted to just let go and give up on life, but then she notices how much her family needs her support. She realizes the fact that if she abandons her family, that they will get destroyed by the SIM. Analysis "I unwound that ribbon just enough so the first note with statement Minerva and Sina had drafted slipped out. It was signed The Fourteen of June Movement so it can't be traced to any one cell. And what are they going to do, shoot all the prison guards?" "Minerva won't have it. She says this country hasn't voted for anything in twenty-six years and it's only these silly little elections that keep the faint memory of a democracy going. "You can't let you constituency down, Queen Mate!"(p.136). "I want to go to the university... I've always wanted to study law"(p.98). Maria Teresa shows courage by helping her sister and other revolutionaries by giving the OAS committee a note with the things that have been happening at their prison even though she can get killed for it. In the quote, you can see that her courage has given her the courage to arrogant about how harshly the government might treat them if they found out about the note. "...Sinita kept on stepping forward and didn't stop until he was right in front of Trujillo's chair. Slowly, she raised her bow and took aim, There was a stunned silence in the hall." Analysis Analysis: Minerva wants a democratic government that will respect individuals' rights. She wants to be able to have a voice in the government.

Minerva tells Maria to never doubt the quality of her speech for running for the Miss University elections because even though she may feel hesitant about pursuing her speech, she must run in the elections for the sake of promoting individual voting rights. Analysis In order for a little girl to present something in front of an important person takes courage, but to break from script and act on her on takes even more courage. This shows that this little girl has been impacted by Trujillo's actions to extend where she can't control her feeling for him after all that he has done to her and her family. Minerva is willing to risk her life for freedom. She wants to be independent of the SIM's control over societal life and she wants to have more choices than what Ojo de Agua has to offer. Analysis Minerva tells Trujillo, the dictator of the country, that she wants to go against the law and attend the university. This takes a lot of guts!! She told the most powerful man she despises the fact that she strongly disagrees with one of his laws. Patria values religion a lot and she completely submerges herself into following her religion at the beginning of the book. As the revolution progress, she starts doubting her religious values and her interpretation of the Bible. Towards the end of the book, Patria changes her view about Christianity to conform with her revolutionary impulses. She starts praying to El Jefe and she starts doubting whether God or whether it is Trujillo who is behind all the corruption. It takes a lot of courage to go against religion and to go against social gender norms. We're gonna talk about 6 characters from the book. All of which took part in the revolution against the government. They all exhibited courage because it takes a lots of guts to speak up against he government and perform illegal actions with the risks of getting caught and killed. "Where is it you get your courage?"
"Why, Dede," he said, "it's not courage. It's common sense" Analysis Virgilio thinks that it is his duty to fight for his freedom. He doesn't think of it as courageous or rebellious. He thinks that it is the right thing to do. 3) How significant must an action be in order for it to be considered courageous? 4) What must one be aware of losing when striving to gain something through courage? 1) To be courageous does that mean you have to be a leader? 5) In today's world, how does courage play a role in society? 6) Is courage possible without fear? “For instance, I had offered myself to El Jefe to do with as he wanted, but I hadn’t extended the same courtesy to God. ( I guess I saw it as a clear-cut proposition I was making El Jefe. He would ask for what he always asked for from women. I could give that. But there would be no limit to what our lord would want of Patria Mercedes, body and soul and all the etceteras besides.) (203) “My faith was shifting, and I was afraid.” (52) “My faith stirred. It kicked and somersaulted in my belly, coming alive. I turned back and touched my hand to the dirty glass. ‘Holy Mary, Mother of God,’ I joined in. I stared at her pale, pretty face and challenged her. Here I am. Virgencita. Where are you?” (59) “When we heard gunfire coming close again, we kept right on praying.” (161) “’Amen to the revolution!’” (167)
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