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Imagery and Symbolism in In the Time of The Butterflies

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Aditya Prodduturu

on 11 February 2013

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Transcript of Imagery and Symbolism in In the Time of The Butterflies

By Aditya Prodduturu and Michael Sheffield Imagery and Symbolism in
In The Time Of The Butterflies Definitions of Literary terms Imagery: Visually descriptive or figurative language. Passage 2: Symbolism "Today is the big day. It's been raining since dawn..." (Alvarez 133) Passage 3: Imagery Passage 4: Symbolism "They are siting in the cool darkness under the anacahuita tree in the front yard, telling stories, drinking guanabana juice"(Alvarez 8). Symbolism: The use of symbols to represent ideas or qualities. Rain symbolizes cleansing and a new beginning
The rain in this scene symbolizes the start of Minerva's new life with Manolo. "Then having aimed imaginary arrows at imaginary foes, she was to set me free by untying me.
... Sinita kept on stepping forward and didn't stop until she was right in front of Trujillo's chair. Slowly she raised her bow and took aim." (Alvarez 28) The descriptive and vivid words used by the author help create a picture in the reader's mind.
These words help to increase the sense of importance and severity of Sinita's hatred towards Trujillo Questions 1. What other symbols can be seen within In the time of the Butterflies?
2. In your life what objects or ideas do you see as a symbol for something else?
3. In your own opinion do symbols start out with a bad meaning or does their malevolence come from the connotation given to them by people?
4. How does imagery enhance your reading experience in In the Time of the Butterflies?
5. Does imagery serve any other purpose other than to be descriptive of a setting or a scene? The anacahuita tree represents the spirit of the Maribal sisters because the anacahuita tree symbolizes strength, perseverance, and hope Passage 5: Imagery "Their father has slippers on, one foot hooked behind the other. Every once in a while Dede hears the clink if the rum bottle against the rim of his wine glass"(Alvarez 8). The author, Julia Alvarez, uses imagery in this scene to help the reader experience the scene.
The detailed description of the scene makes the reader feel as if the reader can hear the rum bottle clink against his wine glass. Passage 6: Symbolism "Even in the church during the privacy of the holy communion, Father Gabriel bent down and whispered "Viva la Mariposa"(Alvarez 259). In this novel, the Mirabal sisters are called Mariposas (Butterflies).
Butterflies symbolize freedom, beauty and short lives. Bibliography "Imagery About Our Definitions: All Forms of a Word (noun, Verb, Etc.) Are Now Displayed on One Page." Merriam-Webster. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 23 Jan. 2013.
"Symbolism About Our Definitions: All Forms of a Word (noun, Verb, Etc.) Are Now Displayed on One Page." Merriam-Webster. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 23 Jan. 2013.
"Introduction & Overview of In the Time of the Butterflies." BookRags. BookRags, n.d. Web. 23 Jan. 2013.
"Eng10Butterflies - Figurative Language." Eng10Butterflies. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Jan. 2013. Passage 1: Symbolism "Trujillo is a devil,".....(Alvarez 24) Sinita uses the devil to describe Trujillo
The symbolism between Trujillo being devil is used to illustrate and emphasize Trujillo's deceiving, cunning, evil and devilish characteristics.
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