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Imagine getting murdered in cold blood by an evil regime. That was the harsh reality of the Dominican Republic documented in the novel In the Time of the Butterflies. The four Mirabal sisters live their legacy through their survivor sister, Dede. Their lives are dedicated in overthrowing their government but tragically died before reaching their goal. The survivor sister, Dede, speaks to tell her struggles and what her family went through. The Mirabal sisters lives are being told in the novel In the Time of the Butterflies written by Julia Alvarez. Dede Mirabal fought against social injustices with her sisters against their evil ruler, Trujillo. She constantly tries to not be included with her sisters in the beginning but that soon starts causing struggles to arise within her marriage and separate her from the rest. Dede then has a political awakening after visiting her sisters and draws herself in when she sees the meaning of it from another perspective. Dede Mirabal of In the Time of the Butterflies demonstrates her strength, trustworthy, and practical traits which helped her become the only one to survive the ambush of 1960. Dede Mirabal of In the Time of the Butterflies written by Julia Alvarez reveals her strength when she starts becoming a person who realizes how much change her sister’s are making. She is involved in an abusive marriage with Jaimito and always stands by what he says and when she becomes aware of it, she becomes even stronger of a woman. “Next Sunday, while Jaimito was at his gallera, Dede would ride over to the meeting. When he came back, he would find the note propped on his pillow. I feel like I’m buried alive. I need to get out. I cannot go on with this travesty.” (Alvarez 180) Dede starts to no longer be the one to follow in their relationship and her strength helps her take control of her own life by making decisions to do something she truly wants to do. Dede Mirabal of In the Time of the Butterflies written by Julia Alvarez reveals her trustworthiness when she sacrifices herself to protect her sister Minerva. She understands the danger she’s putting herself through but family has always been her first priority and when it is time to prove her loyalty, Dede does just that. When Dede and Minerva are stopped on the road by the Callies, Dede lies and says she’s Minerva to make sure her sister is safe. “My name is Minerva Mirabal.” (Alvarez 227) Although Dede was scared, she is determined to protect Minerva. The readers are shown how trustworthy Dede is and how much she’ll put on the line to help her sister out. Dede Mirabal of In the Time of the Butterflies written by Julia Alvarez reveals her practicality when she stands her ground even when it is perceived wrong to others. She is the only sister that survives and always thinks about the consequences. This is the nature that makes her rethinks things from joining and finally keeps her safe but is also portrayed as cowardly. When Dede is in her younger years, even her father predicts that she will be become a survivor. “She’ll bury us all,” her father adds, laughing, “in silk and pearls.”(Alvarez 8) Later on in the book, the prediction is confirmed and makes readers reflect on the beginning. “I remembered Papá’s prediction, Dede will bury us all in silk and pearls. But I said no. They all died the same, let them all be buried the same.” (Alvarez 307) That once light hearted joke Papa made soon turns into a haunting statement. Dede is always seen holding back especially when Lio enters the sister’s lives but then readers start to see what makes her different and superior from the rest. Her strength to stay practical is a factor in her lack of involvement which causes her to hesitate when it comes to joining the revolution. Dede of In the Time of the Butterflies written by Julia Alvarez demonstrates her strength, trustworthy, and practical traits which helps her become the only one to survive the ambush of 1960. The surviving sister’s strength is when she realizes how abusive her relationship is with Jaimito and takes control of her own life. Dede also shows her trustworthiness when she and Minerva are stopped on the road by the Callies, Dede lies and says she’s Minerva to make sure her sister is safe. In addition, the young women’s practicality is the nature that makes her rethinks things from joining and finally keeps her safe but is also portrayed as cowardly. With every bloodshed and cold blood murder leaves a survivor. And not every story will always have a happy ending just like the Mirabal sisters.