In the Time of the Butterflies

Although she does not reveal the details, Alvarez lets us know from the start that the novel will end tragically. Why do you think she made this choice?

In the time of the butterflies by Julia Alverez.

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In my opinion, she made this choice to engage her readers. As readers, we know how the story will end, but we are unaware of the journey that led to the ultimately tragedy of the women losing their lives. Thus, the reader becomes invested in Dede's story.