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In the Time of the Butterflies Julia Alvarez uses her vivid imagery to blend with the stark reality that Trujillos regime imposed on the Dominican Republic from the 1930s to the 1960s Ghastly realistic images accentuate the gloomy moments throughout the novel Alvarez humanizes the landscape and opens doors into the souls of the Mirabal sisters Unforgiving reality slowly creeps into the readers mind through dark descriptions of Trujillos merciless rule Julia Alvarez uses descriptions to transform situations and events into conceivably real and dangerous situations Her descriptive powers emanate through each characters abilities to perceive events and recount situations The Mirabal sistersPatria Dede Minerva and Maria Teresa each have their own individual voices that we hear throughout the novel Each sisters voice triggers recognition in the readers mind and is similar to audial identification In the following passage Alvarez describes the landscape of the country in a vivid fashion The whole spine of the country is wetshe goes on to sayAtlantic where it is lost in the waves that rock the bones of martyrs in the deepest sleep Weve traveled almost the full length of the island and can report that every corner of it is wet every river overflows its banks every rain barrel is filled to the brim every wall washed clean of writing no one knows how to read anywayAlvarez 116-117 This anthropomorphic contour of the land reveals the political strife clutching the country Minerva paints the painful image of the countrys political situation for the reader The facts are as plain as writing on the walls however no one can read the truth about Trujillos regime Minerva describes the political unrest while her sisters endure political hardships that they are enduring Dedes life contrasts Minervas in that her actions are described in the third person Formulating a plan Dede forgets to add in the most important aspect to any challenge gumption Dede formulates plans to leave Jaimito and join
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