Study Guide

In the Time of the Butterflies Characters

By Alvarez, Julia

Bélgica "Dedé" Mirabal

Dedé is the second-oldest sister in the Mirabal clan, the practical one who knows how to...

Minerva Mirabal

Minerva Mirabal, the third sister, is the ringleader of "the butterflies." She's the spunkiest,...

María Teresa "Mate" Mirabal

María Teresa, also known as Mate (pronounced MA-tay) for short, is the youngest of the...

Patria Mercedes Mirabal de González

Patria, the eldest Mirabal sister and butterfly number three, is the slowest of the three sisters...

Don Enrique Mirabal, a.k.a. Papá

The girls' father is sort of a complicated guy. He is a doting dad and is crazy about all of his...

Mercedes Reyes de Mirabal, a.k.a. Mamá

Whereas Papá is a dapper gent and a ladies' man, Mamá sticks to her home. She is a...

Present-Day Characters

There are only a few characters that populate 1994, when the novel takes place. Most of the...

The Family

While the four sisters are the most important members of the family, the clan is extensive and...

Friends

The Mirabals are one tight family unit in In the Time of the Butterflies, but nobody gets by...

Villains

The President of the Dominican Republic is a larger-than-life character in the novel. While he...

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