In the Time of the Butterflies

How does a fictional autobiography affect the reader’s understanding of the historical events described in the novel? Does the narrative bring the reader closer to the events described or does the veil of fiction cloud our understanding?

I just need to know in detail how the usage of a fictional autobiography would help someone understand the historical part of the book better. Or if it even does help, even though I'm pretty sure it does. The writer wouldn't of chosen the style of writing if if wasn't the right one to choose; that would be stupid.

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Well, to be fair, it would be extremely difficult to say whether a fictional autobiography would prove to be "more helpful" in regards to its descriptions of historical events than a traditional third person account. There are advantages and disadvantages to each form. However, the autobiography is unique because it brings to the reader's consciousness a deeply personal understanding of history. This is important because every account of history is someone's personal work--even if he or she is trying to be objective as possible.