In the Time of the Butterflies

On page 180 Dede writes: "I feel like I'm buried alive." Identify the literary element being used and explain what she means.

Chapter 9

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She is using a simile here. As a narrator, Dede's reflects her exasperation with her sisters as well as her growing sense of panic. She feels she is being bombarded with important decisions that favor her sisters and the revolution or her well being under the corrupt Trujillo government.