In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

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

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In my opinion, Patricia is the character that goes through the most dramatic changes in the novel. Patricia changes from religious, to being in love, to losing a child, to losing her faith, to regaining her faith on a pilgrimage, to being a devoted mother, to being a committed member of the movement against Trujillo.

While quite young, Patricia is entranced by the nuns and the religiosity of their Roman Catholic faith.  She longs to be one of them.  Of course, this is where young love enters the scene and, at the tender age of sixteen, Patricia falls in love with Pedrito González while she...

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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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