Courage vs. Cowardice
Sonja Feaster, Rachel Kass, Erin Crumpler
- Trujillo destroyed Sinita's family by killing her father, brother, and uncles
- She develops a hate for his policies that she shares with the other girls at Immaculada
- When their group of four goes to display their skit for Trujillo himself, she points the bow right at him
- This behavior has been supported by her family all of her life
- Violence torwards Trujillo is the only thing she knows
- However, Sinita's is not afraid of the repercussions of her actions because she is fighting for something she really believes in
Dede fears death, and struggles to overcome that fear for the sake of her sisters and her country, therefore displaying cowardice.
Dede also feared her feelings for Lío, and showed cowardice in her inability to face those feelings.
It seems as if she values her own life, and does not wish to die for a good cause.
- It is human nature to want to survive, therefore cowardice is present in us all.
The SIM had Minerva and Maria
Had to be strong for her family
- The sisters consistently show courage throughout the novel and stand up to authority
- She wanted to avoid all of her problems, but realized that she had to take care of her mom, her boys, and her sisters
- She found courage by replaying happy memories and being hopeful for the future
While Papá shows cowardice, Minerva shows courage
Minerva realizes that she can do anything, and that she has the power and the courage to stand up to her father
Papá denies his responsibility to his family, and hides his second family out of fear of discovery
- Papá's priority at this point in time is his own desires, and he does not think of the consequences of having an affair
Some Characters are generally courageous throughout the entirety of the novel, such as Minerva, Sinita, and Mamá
Some characters begin as cowards, but later redeem their actions, such as Papá with his time in prison and Dedé with her painful regret and courage in the face of her sisters' deaths.
No human can be courageous all the time, and even cowards must have some degree of courage, but what truly distinguishes between the two is the presence of fear
A courageous person can overcome their fear
- A cowardly person succumbs to their fear
- Is fear a characteristic of courage, cowardice, or both? Why?
- What must occur for an action to be considered courageous?
- What figures in history or current events would you consider courageous? Who would you consider cowardly?
- How does cowardice or courage influence the story or define the characters in The Time of the Butterflies?
- How much of a choice is it to be courageous or cowardly? How much of it is based on your upbringing?