How does Maria Teresa change as a person throughout In the Time of the Butterflies?

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Maria Teresa changes throughout Julia Alvarez’s novel In the Time of the Butterflies from an individual who values material goods and popularity to someone who values love for her family. This transition is portrayed through Maria Teresa’s diary, which is divided into three time periods.

The reader is introduced to Maria Teresa as a selfish, innocent, and sensitive child, who is still referred to as the “baby” by her family. Through her first series of diary entries from 1945 to 1946, Maria Teresa portrays herself as materialistic; when she is eight years old, "the only future the baby wants is one that will make her own mouth water, sweets and gifts in big boxes that clatter with something fun inside when she shakes them” (8–9). Furthermore, she is oblivious to the reality of Trujillo, as she is filled with “gullible excitement” (9). She even initially feels close to and identifies with Trujillo: “I am even born the same month he is (October) and only nine days (and...

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