Summary Of Julia Alvarez's In The Time Of The Butterflies

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There are revolutions constantly, whether they be within an individual, an organization, or a country; they are nonstop. Julia Alvarez’s novel In the Time of the Butterflies is all about these changes. Throughout the book we meet characters that are continuously altering their beliefs especially towards the political movement. A major player in the One of the leading characters is Patria Mirabal. Her faith is very strong, but her relationship with the Church is always changing. In the novel In the Time of the Butterflies, Patria’s shift from hesitance to action in the movement, which is prompted by her experiences at the retreat house, parallels the Church’s journey from inactivity to resistance. Patria originally refuses to become an active part of the revolution despite her sisters’ influences while the church also remains hesitant largely out of…show more content…
The Church gives into rebel’s outside influence and padres begin to preach revolutionary sermons that put them on El Jefe’s list. Padre Gabriel is preaching “We cannot remain indifferent to the grievous blows that have afflicted so many good Dominican homes” (206). This is the first time the congregation is hearing a message other than passiveness behind a pulpit. Meanwhile, Patria forms a rebel group called Accion Clero-Cultural to fuel the revolution under the name of the Church. Patria says, “Amen to the Revolution!” which signifies her uniting her faith and the political movement for the first time (164). Her actions partially caused by her rebel influences also put her on El Jefe’s radar. Both the Church and Patria have definite turning points around the time of the bombing of the retreat house in their journeys to revolution. For Patria forming the ACC group that is her first major step. For the Church, it is giving the controversial

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