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In the Time of the Butterflies | Study Guide

Julia Alvarez

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Overview

Author

Julia Alvarez

Year Published

1994

Type

Novel

Genre

Historical Fiction

Perspective and Narrator

Each chapter of In the Time of the Butterflies is narrated in the first person from the perspective of one of the four sisters who are the main characters, except for the chapters where Dedé is the main character. These are narrated in the third person by an omniscient narrator.

Tense

In the Time of the Butterflies is told in the present tense in the chapters where Dedé is the main character and in the past tense in all other chapters.

About the Title

In the Time of the Butterflies refers to the code name used by one of the main characters, Minerva, in the political resistance she's a part of: Mariposa, meaning "butterfly." Her sisters María Teresa and Patria become Mariposa #2 and Mariposa #3. By using the same code name, they can avoid being identified by the police, and no one will know which person really is Mariposa. The sisters are based on the real-life Mirabal sisters, who fought with other dissidents in the mid- to late 20th century to overturn the regime of dictator Rafael Trujillo in the Dominican Republic.

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