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In the Time of the Butterflies

Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies
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laritza lopez

on 10 December 2012

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The Book was written in 1994 by Julia Alvarez. It was later adapted into a movie in 2001. Julia Alvarez: Julia Alvarez was born in New York City. Her parents moved back to the Dominican Republic when she was 3 months old, where she was raised until she was 10. She then moved back to NYC. She is currently a writer and the owner of a coffee farm named Alta Gracia, near Jarabacoa in the mountains of the Dominican Republic. The farm hosts a school to teach local farmers and their families how to read and write. About The Book: The Book is written in 3 parts, each with begins with the only surviving sister, Dede Mirabel in which she dedicated two chapters discussing her present (1994) and the past, when her sisters are alive. The story mainly consists of the revolutionary activity and personal lives of the Mirabel family, living in Dominican Republic under the Trujillo regime. Mirabel Sisters: Dede Mirabel: she is the second oldest of the Mirabel sisters, and the only surviving sister. Patria, Maria Theresa and Minerva Pictured from Left to right are Patria, the oldest of the Mirabel sisters, Maria Theresa, youngest sister and Minerva, the third Mirabel sister and also the most active in the Revolution. Rafael Leonidas
Trujillo: Trujillo, also known as "El Jefe" was born on October 24, 1891 and died on May 30, 1961.
He was part of the military where he moved up his rank rather quickly and became general.
In 1930 he made a coup with rebels, where he allowed them to remove the current president in return to make himself president. Dictatorship: Trujillo and the Mirabel Sisters: Trujillo's murderous regime had no limits.
He is help responsible for the death of three of the Mirabel sisters.
The story of the Mirabel sisters has been used as an example of Trujillo's wrath even though he denied any involvement Trujillo's Death: On May 30, 1961 Trujillo's car was ambushed and he was assassinated by seven men. Themes: Gender: Identity: Identity is a strong theme found in the Time of the Butterflies where each sister struggles in determining who it is that they want to be. Each sister succeeds in establishing a strong and individuality with the help of one another. Education: Minerva is a perfect example for the struggle and need for education. She struggles to show her sisters
what their lives might be like without
an opportunity to obtain formal education. She is very active in the evolutionary movement Trujillo. She becomes a political icon and a hero because of her fighting spirit and call to action, consistently sacrifices herself in her combat of injustice. Sacrifice sacrifice; sacrificing oneself for the greater good, for others, and for one’s country is another theme found in the Time of the Butterflies. The Mirabal sisters are exemplars of this as they sacrifice of their time, energy, and hearts to help one another, their family and many others who are suffering political injustice and violence. Las Mariposas: Presented to you by:
Laritza Lopez
Maria Noesi
Ashley Mena
Justin Ortiz In the Time of
The Butterflies From his first election until his last living day, Trujillo used force and brutality to suppress the Dominican people.
He rigged elections, forced people who opposed him out of the country, put up statues, and renamed cities after himself.
One of his most famous acts was the massacre of Haitians in 1937.
His 30 years in power, to Dominicans known as the Trujillo Era (La Era de Trujillo), is considered one of the bloodiest ever in the Americas, where he was responsible for the death of more than 50,000 people Gender issues found throughout the novel, the main characters are mostly women. They are courageous women during the 1900s that did not commonly speak out or take any action in political matters.
Although Enrique Mirabel loves his daughters, he often makes references to wishing he had sons because they were the preferred gender in society.
The novel reflects feminist ideas that show the importance of women and how they were treated by men. Movie Trailer: Pictures: Trujillo's Influence on Culture Music
Religion Music
Salve, Pripri, Musica De Palos, Diferrent styles of Merengue
Salve, Pripri, Musica de Paolo were played by darker skin Dominicans
Accordion based merengue was played among lighter skin Dominicans
The elite enjoyed foreign music- Fox trots & Rumba Before Trujillo Trujillo's Rise to Power Trujillo Loved Accordion Based Merengue Propaganda for his presidency in 1930
Forced Merengue on the upper class successfully
Refashioned Merengue
Hires Luis Alberti's Band "Lira Del Yaque"-1936 Trujillo Changes Merengue Luis Alberti's band name is changed to: Orchesta Generalismo Trujillo
Best muscians are hired
Accordion is eliminated- "refining it"
Trujillo's brother also creates a band: Orchesta San Jose "Golden Age of the Merengue Orchestas Luis Alberti & Oschesta San Jose Trujillo's Political Agenda Propaganda
National Identity
Less African Origin Religion Catholicism
"The Benefactor of The Church"
The Book: Lyrics Que viva Trujillo Long live Trujillo
Hombre sin igual Man without equal
Que viva Trujillo Long live Trujillo
Nuestro general Our general
Trujillo Molina Trujillo Molina
Dios me lo bendiga May God bless him
Asi dice la gente So say the people
Trujillo que viva Long live Trujillo
General estrella Stellar general
Eso digo yo That's what I say
Trujillo en la tierra On the earth, Trujillo
Yen el cielo Dios And in the heavens, God 1) Patria's Relationship with God
2) Donation to the Catholic School Change and Transformation: Change and Transformation: Julia Alvarez focuses primarily on the change that the Mirabel Sisters undergo in their revolutionary action. transformation play a big role in the story showing that although can be painful, it frequently allows individuals or even a nation to discover stronger, richer, and more courageous versions of themselves. This is where the name the "butterflies" come from, underground name established based on their changes. Courage: The Mirabel sisters are an example of courage and what can be accomplished when you truly believe in something.

Examples:
Minerva transports weapons and actively recruits others to join the resistance.
The Mirabel sisters join a resistance group who are determined to overthrow, in which Minerva becomes the leader of.
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