Los antes mencionados alcanzaron el vehículo en que viajaba Trujillo y lo tirotearon, logrando terminar con la vida del tirano, pero su plan no fue del todo perfecto, porque después que se diera a conocer la noticia de que este estaba muerto los agentes del Servicio de Inteligencia Militar (SIM), se lanzaron a buscar pistas y encontraron a muchos de los integrantes del complot.
Julia Alvarez is another strong woman who grew up during the time of Trujillo's regime over the Dominican Republic. Although Alvarez insists that she is not trying to make a political statement through the novel, she is able to humanize the events and effectively represent cultural displacement, gender roles, and patriarchy by writing from the perspective of the sisters. Her style of writing in the novel reflects the beliefs of the Mirabal sisters and their strong feminist values by telling the story from their perspectives. The story would have changed if the author was a man because the content of the novel and the historical truths behind it bleed from the destruction of gender roles. This is because women, like Alvarez, have experienced oppression and setbacks because of their gender, but many men have not. An example of this comes from the work of . He believes that “there is an intimate association between women's bodies and their voices, both having for so long been repressed and controlled by male-dominated institutions."
These included renaming half the provinces after him and members of his family, creating numerous decorations of which he was the first and sometimes the only recipient, renaming streets after him throughout the republic, and building numerous monuments in his honor.Trujillo was in unchallenged control of the government.
In 1960, when the Trujillo regime was under strong international pressure, Hector Trujillo gave way to Vice President Joaquín Balaguer, who served until February 1962, nine months after Rafael Trujillo's death.Even when out of office, Rafael Trujillo dominated the government.
As a result, in one 4-year period, there was more than a 200 percent turnover among the members of the Chamber of Deputies.Trujillo also completely dominated the economy of the country.
After the torture and mass murder that resulted from the dictatorship, the Catholic Church openly criticized Trujillo and he eventually had lost their support.
The US also did their part in leaving their previous partner.
In January of the year 1959, a few people started a resistance campaign against Trujillo.
The Mirabal sisters and two other men were the original organizers, making them the biggest threat to the dictatorship because of their plans to establish a democracy on the island
The campaign was call the Fourteenth of June Movement because of a previous unsuccessful invasion of the island by exiled Dominicans.
Trujillo had managed to stop and kill every last one of the invaders.
Soon after the rebellion was discovered, Trujillo began sending people to torture and kill some members in an effort to end it and to get more information about this underground resistance.
Once people found out about it, the public began to support the campaign especially with the increase in brutal government actions.
Most suspect it was Trujillo.
Although Jesus did inform people on the dictatorship his impact was nothing in comparison to how the mariposas changed everyone's view of their leader, they were a major turning point to the end of Trujillo's regime and Jesus just spread the message that was already in the US.
He was then forced to leave to New York in 1949.
Because he criticized Trujillo he was seen as a threat and one day he was taken and never seen again.
Trujillo quickly transformed from a traditional caudillo dictator into a ruthless neosultanistic ruler – exercising power without restraint. In his first term as president, Trujillo created the Partido Dominicano (PD) – the only party allowed to function until 1947 – consolidating the government’s decision-making powers into his own hands. Also revealed within his first term in office was his limitless greed and megalomania – Trujillo changed the name of the capital city from Santo Domingo to Ciudad Trujillo, and eventually the generalissimo, his family and friends owned over half of the countries economic assets. Trujillo’s intolerable cruelty became undisputable when between October 2 and October 8, 1937 his army massacred between 20,000 and 50,000 Haitian illegal immigrants on his command. As a result of international criticism towards his slaughter, Trujillo allowed his vice-president, Jacinto Peynado, to be elected president in 1938. Trujillo strategically cooperated with the United States war effort in World War II and, as a result, received U.S. support in his campaign to be reelected. In 1942, Trujillo was once again reelected for another five-year term.
It is very obvious that the Mirabal sisters, as well as Julia Alvarez, were powerful women with feminist ideals. "In the Time of the Butterflies" suggests that the Mirabal sisters not only fought against the Trujillo regime, but also against the Dominican Republic’s patriarchal culture and gender roles. They were very successful in doing so, forever becoming role models for cultures around the world but especially the Dominican Republic.
Dede is the second oldest of the Maribal sisters
She was born in 1925.
Dede was the only of the four sisters that did not get involved in the rebellion, for this reason she is the only one who was not murdered.
She also was the only sister that did not marry anyone who was against Trujillo's regime.