The Question and Answer section for In the Time of the Butterflies is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
The recurring dream symbolizes death and Maria Teresa's state of mind at the time.
It is estimated that more than 30000 people were killed during Trujillo's time in power.
Trujillo uses fear and intimidation to maintain power. He rewards those loyal to him and kills people who cross him.