As always, I read this book in different locations. I would read the book on the train ride to school and back from school. Since the train is loud and sometime crowded, I would have to read the same parts I read over again to understand what the text is saying. I also read this book in the kitchen with the TV turned on. I would get sidetracked and find myself looking up at the TV once in a while. There were parts where I read it in my room where I was focused since it wasn't noisy. I am also confused with some parts of the story. I think I missed something or didn't pay close attention.

                 In this chapter, it shows the religious side of Patria. Ever since her son went to jail, she been praying and connecting herself with Jesus a lot, hoping he'll be released. She also mentioned, "Take me instead, I'll be your sacrificial lamb." This shows how she rather be the one in jail instead of her family members and this also links to how Jesus rather sacrifice himself so humans can live. The ones locked up in jail communicated with the ones outside through Carmen's cousin who is a guard. Maria Teresa was able to sneak a diary inside where she writes down all her thoughts in. In this chapter, we can see how Maria Teresa is worried and how Minerva is more calm. We also see the strong relationship between Maria  Teresa and Leandro. Maria Teresa was taken to La 40 where she was whipped in front of Leandro, to get him to say yes to a job from Trujillo, and he agreed because he couldn't stand seeing his wife in such pain. The OAS(Organization of American States) also came to investigate on the conditions of the prison. In here, we can see the different thoughts and personalities between Maria Teresa and Minerva. Minerva wants Maria Teresa to mention what had happened in LA 40, but Maria Teresa didn't wanna risk the guard who had helped them a lot. She cares about his safety rather than her own. Maria Teresa and Minerva were released the following day and was put under house arrest. The last chapter does a lot of foreshadowing which give the readers an idea about how Minerva and Maria Teresa will die soon. Dede begged her sisters not to go together to visit their husbands, but they didn't listen. Minerva would also say stuffs like, "Come on, Dede. Think how sorry you'd be if something should happen to us and you didn't say goodbye" or "As we stood in the dark a while longer, calming ourselves, I had this eerie feeling that we were already dead and looking longingly at the house where our children were growing up without us" which give the readers a clear sense that death is near. 

                   When I was reading the part where Maria Teresa was taken to LA 40. It reminded me of 1984 when Winston was taken in a room by O'Brien where he was tortured. Winston finally came to the realization that he don't really love Julie since he said that they should torture Julie instead of him. However, in The Times of Butterflies, we saw the complete opposite. Although this method is horrible, it is easy to tell if your significant other really love you or not. Also, I feel that Maria Teresa is really brave deep inside even though we can tell she was scared most of the times in the cell. It was really sweet how she cared about Santiclo's safety and choose not to worried about herself. This just shows how to Maria Teresa, Santiclo is not just a "note passer", but a person, human being, and a friend.  

 
 
             I read this book in different locations and at different times. I continued reading this book on my way to school then on the way back from school. Since it was public transportation  it was very loud. I would reread a couple of paragraphs over again to get a better understanding. Other times, I read this in my room or in my parents' room. I would be really focused in my room since there were nothing that can distract me. In my parents' room, I read this while I was talking to my friends on the computer. I wasn't as focused and would be confused in some parts of the story.
             The beginning of the chapter starts out with Dede speaking to the interviewer again. She mentioned "Back in those days, we women followed our husbands. I followed my husband. I didn't get involved." The readers can see clearly that Dede had used this as an excuse to stay away from the revolution instead since both of her sisters, Minerva and Maria, contributes to the revolution themselves rather than following in their husband's footsteps. We can also see the downhill and uphill of Dede's and Jamito's relationship. We can see how Jamito has been in control of Dede's life when he refused to let Dede see her sisters, but she later broke out of his control and went to see them. The author also shows how Dede finally broke out of her selfishness when she decided to stay to be there for her family rather than to run away when Pedrito, Nelson, Leandro, Minerva, and Maria Teresa were arrested. It shows how she finally understands the meeting of courage and used as a motivation. The next chapter is in Patria's view. She would do prayers in hope of her family returning. However, she came to the conclusion where she realizes she hates Trujillo even more every time she tries to convince herself that he has a good side. We also can see Patria's personal thoughts and how she would include exclamations marks and give her own reasons why her prayers aren't answered.
            I feel that I dislike Trujillo even more. I hate how he's getting everyone killed or arrested. It shows how powerful he is and how hard it is to overthrow him. It must be really hard for Patria and her other family members during this time. I can hardly imagine having my family taken away from me. I would probably be how Patria was at one point, weak and feel as if I can't do anything.   

 
 
                       The beginning of part 2 switched back to the present when Dede is talking to the interviewer about how all the problems started. Dede started explaining how it was all because of Lio Morales, who both Dede and Minerva met at their father shop, and started hanging out a lot. Since the point of view was based of Dede, we can see the jealousy she holds against Minerva. Dede is jealous about the relationship between Lio and Minerva and had exposed them hiding in the bush together and even burnt the letter that was meant for Minerva from Lio. The view then switched to Minerva where she associate the connotations of setting, rain storm, with the events of the party. ("suspicion clouds the gaze,a cloud of annoyance crosses his face, etc.) Minerva and Dede seem to have different personalities. Minerva is seem to be the more careless, and full of curiosity while Dede is more responsible and understanding. Minerva also lost her purse which contain letters from Lio and put her family in danger. The view then switched to Maria Teresa's diary. Through these entries, we can see how she doesn't like finishing her thoughts, but leave the readers to infer what she means. She also uses a lot of rhetorical questions and exclamation marks, which allows the readers to get an idea of what kind of person she is.   
                      I read these parts of the book in different locations. In the morning to school and the morning back home, I would read different parts of it on the train and bus. It would be noisy sometimes, which distracts me from my reading. I also read this at home, in my room, where it is quiet and peacefully. I focus and understand better in a quiet environment. 
                       When reading the beginning part about how Minerva, Dede, Jaimito, and Lio started hanging out, it was kind of strange to me since Minerva and Dede met Lio at their father's shop. Dede being jealous of Minerva reminds me of how there was this one girl I knew who tried to break up this couple because she was jealous of their relationship. She didn't want to see her happy and would try to destroy her happiness in every possible ways. Dede also marry her cousin, Jaimito, which is disgusting  I would never marry my own cousin. Minerva and Dede having different personalities remind me of my brother and I. We are the total opposite of each other. I am also enjoying this book! I actually thought it was boring based on the cover and title, but then again, I should never base a book by the cover.   
 
 
                 My first choice was Lolita. When I began to read the summary, I couldn't stop reading it. I thought it was so interesting how Humbert wouldn't give up his love for Lolita since there was a huge age difference. Since there wasn't anymore copies of that book, I had to go with my second choice which is In the Time of the Butterflies. I chose this book because I like how the book is split up into different points of views. It allows me to get different perspectives of how the characters see the situations. However, I do like reading fantasy and romantic book. It was night time when I sat on my bed and took out the book to begin reading. 
                   When reading the book In the Time of the Butterflies, I noticed how the speaker, Minerva, is going through a difficult time where she's trying to break out of her childhood into adulthood. The author does a good job expressing this by using both imagery and similes to explain the different stages Minerva is going through. Minerva realized that she feels trapped at home and rather go to school to create a new journey in life. While she's at school, she started to become a woman physically and started her menstrual cycle. Imagery and connotations of violence was used to describe the killing of the men in Sinita's family. The author then put Minerva in a position where she begins to question and think rather Trujillo is really how the society see him as or is he really how Sinita says he is, evil and dangerous. Minerva didn't realize the damage Trujillo caused until after she found out how miserably Lina became in the isolated house she is forced to live in. The view then shifted to Maria Teresa's, allowing us readers to understand what is happening in her 12 years old brain. She allows us to do this by writing in her diary which give us honest opinions of what she thinks is going on. I then see how Maria is responsible for helping Minerva lie about Tio Mon's illness and making that the reason for her sneaking out of school. Later on, Maria's thoughts changed. She doesn't have the mind of a 12 years old anymore, but instead see things differently about Trujillo after she learned more about revolutionary activities. 
                            I can relate the feelings Minerva felt about confusion and entering into the new stages of life. Just like Minerva as a child, I didn't care for anything since my parents were always there to help me decide. As I enter the real world, I realized how it's way different and how I am left alone to make decisions for myself. Like Minerva, I have to find the answers to my questions myself. I used to also keep a diary when I was young to write my thoughts and feelings down about what was happening around me.
                        The speakers, Minerva and Maria Teresa  and I share similar feelings. While I was reading this book, I kept telling myself, "I know what she means. I understand what she is trying to say." I also felt that I was in Minerva's position when Sinita was explaining to her how the men in her family were killed by Trujillo since descriptive details were used. I felt as if I can feel both Minerva's and Sinita's pain.