In the time of the butterflies

In the time of the butterflies

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  • Exposition
  • Rising Action
  • Rising Action
  • Years after the death of her revolutionary sisters, Dede reminisces on the past. She begins to tell about her childhood, her family, and the revolution to a reporter
  • Climax
  • In the past, Dede’s sister Minerva goes to a boarding school and meets a girl named Sinita, who reveals a terrible secret. The dictator Trujillo who rules over the Dominican Republic, is killing all who oppose him, including all of Sinita’s family. Minerva is thinking about joining the revolution
  • Falling Action
  • A few years later, Trujillo attempts to sleep with Minerva at a party, until Minerva slaps him, thus sealing her place in the revolution. Her other sisters (minus Dede) join her as well
  • Resolution
  • A few years pass, and the Mirabal sisters have husbands and children. the 3 sisters become the “Butterflies”, national symbols of the revolution. Trujillo is fed up with this, and orders their execution. Dede’s 3 sisters are ambushed and killed on the way to visit their husbands. Their bodies are dumped off a mountain to make it look like an accident. 
  • Dede disccovers the Mirabal sisters are in the hospital and in critical condition. They expire soon after. Dede realized that her martyrdom is to live without her sisters. Dede lives the rest of her life, caring for the Butterflies’ children.
  • The rest of the public learns about the Butterflies’ murder, and the 3 dead mirabals are now viewed as martyrs. As a result of this, Trujillo is killed only 6 months later after the Butterflies’ Death.
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