about the story In the Time of Butterflies
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Trujillo makes himself out to be a hero and actually makes it a requirement to have pictures of him in every Dominican household. A lot of people consider heroes to be good things, but do not consider the ugly side that many good things often have,
"‘Bad things?’ I interrupted. ‘Trujillo was doing bad things?’ It was as if I had just heard Jesus had slapped a baby or Our Blessed Mother had not conceived Him the immaculate conception way. ‘That can’t be true,’ I said, but in my heart, I felt a china-crack of doubt…At home, Trujillo hung on the wall by the picture of Our Lord Jesus with a whole flock of the cutest lambs.”
Trujillo, like most dictators, was not very nice. He declared his country a one party state and many of his opponents disappeared. He was considered a nationalist by many (kind of like Castro) and developed a mythology about himself that many people believed or still believe to this day.