Always Show Resilience In The Face Of Adversity
In every person’s life they will face adversity in some way shape and form. If someone does not show strength and resilience at these times they can be overwhelmed by adversity.In the book In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez, the Mirabal sisters go through a lot of hardships and adversity while opposing the Trujillo regime. A theme, show resilience in the face of adversity or adversity will overwhelm you, is a key theme clearly illustrated throughout the book.
In the book a theme clearly takes place, which is to show resilience in the face of adversity or adversity will overwhelm you. In Chapter 2, Minerva meets Sinita a quiet girl who end up revealing a whole new world for Minerva. However, while Sinita tells her this it causes Sinita to start to break down. Minerva realizes this and decides that although she is being faced with the adversity of her breaking down and crying, that she must stay strong and show resilience. She does this when she states, “I started to cry but pinched my arms to stop, I had to be strong for Sinita”. This shows that she stands up to adversity by keeping calm so that Sinita doesn’t completely break down into sobs. This backs up the theme that one must show resilience in the face of adversity or adversity will overwhelm them, because Minerva does this when she keeps her calm or when she “stays strong” so that Sinita can not fully go into a crying fit. She directly resembles this theme because if she were to have started to cry more, then Sinita would have lost it and they both would have been overwhelmed by the “adversity” they faced here.
To add on, the theme, show resilience in the face of adversity or adversity will overwhelm you is also portrayed later in the book. In Chapter 6, the Mirabals are invited to an event with the dictator, Trujillo. While there Minerva finds herself having to dance with the dictator. As he rudely makes her begin to move with him she shows resilience and proceeds to stand up to the adversity she faces when she stated, “ He yanks me by the wrist, thrusting his pelvis at me in a vulgar way, and I can see my hand in an endless slow motion rise—a mind all its own—and come down on the astonished, made-up face”(Alvarez 100). This quote shows that Minerva is facing adversity while dancing with the dictator but stands up to it by slapping him in the face. This proves that one must show resilience in the face of adversity or adversity will overwhelm them because when she is dancing if she had not slapped him she would have let him do what he wanted to her which is essentially letting the adversity she faced overwhelm her. However, she did not let it overwhelm her by showing resilience and with “a mind of its own [her hand]” slapped him in the face.