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In the novel In The Time of the Butterflies, how does Patria change throughout the...

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mrsjonas | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 2, 2008 at 9:25 AM via web

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In the novel In The Time of the Butterflies, how does Patria change throughout the book?

I know her religious views change or her relationship with God and her views about Minerva's rebellion, but how else?

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted September 12, 2010 at 8:18 AM (Answer #2)

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When Patria is very young she is an extremely giving child.  Her mother is concerned about her over generous nature.  As Patria grows a little older she desires to become a nun in the church an live for the Lord.  She carries this as her belief until she becomes attracted to the opposite sex.  She then realizes that she wants to marry and have children.

Patria marries young and becomes a good wife and mother.  She obeys her husband and stays out of the involvement that her sisters have becomes involved in "the revolution."  However, she does not abandon her sisters.

When her sister and her group need a place to meet Patria stands up to her husband, which is something she would not have done in the past.  For the first time she has placed her family in harms way to help her siblings.  As her son becomes more enmeshed in the movement she also becomes a part of the movement.

Patria is killed for her support of the revolution against Trujillo.

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