How do Patria and Maria Teresa change towards the end of Julia Alvarez's novel In the Time of the Butterflies?

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Both Patria and Maria Teresa are heavily influenced by their revolutionary sister Minerva, as well as by all of the suffering they witness as a result of Trujillo's police state. While all three sisters start out innocently uninvolved in either political criticisms or the insurgence against Trujillo, as the novel progresses, all three become more heavily involved. Both Patria and Maria Teresa particularly become more heavily involved in the insurgence due to Minerva's influence.

Towards the beginning of the novel, all three sisters who are later killed by Trujillo's henchmen, enroll in school, leaving behind Dede, the youngest and surviving sister. Minerva is the first to begin understanding the evil of Trujillo's regime due to her friend Sinita who tells her Trujillo had her brother and three uncles murdered. Later, Maria Teresa becomes aware that Minerva is sneaking out of school, and she covers for Minerva, confirming to the administrators that Minerva goes to see a sick uncle. Then,...

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