However, here, the “weakness” within everyone is clear and in reality, is what contributes greatly to Trujillo’s success. Through acts like these, Alvarez is discommending the citizens for being weak and unable to fight back. In addition to the weakness possessed by everyone, Trujillo also does some revolting things. We can see the emphasis on his ruthless acts here, “Suddenly, the dark fills with spies who are paid to hear things and report them down at security.” (Alvarez 10). Trujillo’s abuse of power is very explicit as in using spies; he is basically taking away the freedom to speak freely. When one thinks of spies, they link it to secret, sneaky, and overall, lack of privacy. Clearly the use of spies cannot be granted by just anyone, and in doing so, Trujillo gives himself a dictator image. Ultimately, the very basis of the word “weakness” is shown by Alvarez in that she parallels this word with her reproving feelings towards the general population as well as she directly connects it to the oppressive regime under Trujillo. Furthermore, Trujillo’s oppressive leadership unmistakably leads to anger within everyone. As stated earlier, even his guards dwindle on the idea of being disloyal. This unsecured loyalty adds to the many flaws in Trujillo’s system. Alvarez picks out the phrase, “rotten system” in order to properly classify Trujillo’s regime as dishonest and immoral.