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Character Analysis: Maria Teresa

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Danial Lakhani

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Questions Struggle 0 + - = 9 8 7 1 2 3 4 5 6 c " I keep mentioning the girls. I have to admit the more time I spend with them, the less I care what they've done or where they come from. What matters is the quality of a person. What someone is inside themselves." (230)

Grows distant from the girls, even though they try their best to please her.
Their personality is what truly matters, according to Maria.
The internal struggle is important, the person must not break down internally.
This is the reason why Dede chooses to remain apart from the revolution.
Remaining internally stable is the key to the revolt. Overview Born nine years after Minerva, by far the youngest sister of the Mirabal Sisters
The most playful and frivolous of the four
Allows Minerva to use her home to store things for the revolution
Joins after seeing her future husband, Leandro Julia Alvarez Quote 1 "I see the picture of our president with eyes that follow me around the room, and I am thinking he is trying to catch me doing something wrong. Before, I always thought our president was like God, watching over everything I did."

After Maria Teresa finds out the real characteristics of Trujillo
Thereafter she despised throughout the whole book. Quote 2 "May I never experience all that it is possible to get used to."

Maria doesn't want to experience the violence around her, her whole life
Wants to be an end to Trujillo Quote 4 "The alternative is freezing yourself up, never showing what you're feeling, never letting on what you're thinking. "

If she expresses her feelings with the hatred for the government, then she will suffer
Even if she never share your feelings or what her mind is going through eventually she will suffer.
Either way there is nothing that the Butterflies can do in order to stop all the violence around them. Quote Character Analysis: Maria Teresa Suffering Danial Lakhani Pranay Lalloobhai Julia Alvarez (born March 27, 1950) is a Dominican-American poet, novelist, and essayist.
Lived first ten years of life in the Dominican Republic
Fleed the country after a political rebellion that her father started, leaving her to cope with moving to the US
Failed plot to overthrow Rafael Trujillo, later brought to attention in her book "In the Time of the Butterflies
Uses a combination of English and Spanish to create a memorable impact on am,erican literature 1) How does Maria Teresa, from in the time of the butterflies, become more mature and what influences these changes in maturity?
2) Why didn't Trujillo just kill the butterflies when they started the revolution.
3) Why are the Mirabal sisters connected to butterflies?
4) How does Minerva help Maria Teresa through her fear of jail?
5) Are the Killers ever brought to Justice?
6) How does Maria's relationship with their father and knowledge of Trujillo’s treatment of women impact their choice of spouse, view of the government, and roles within marriage? Maria Teresa Rafael Trujillo The ruthless tyrant of the Dominican Republic that the four faithful sisters are fighting against
Rules the country through fear and has turned the Domican Republic into his personal estate.
Has the Mirabal Sisters assassinated and is assassinated less than a year later In The Time of The Butterflies
Movie Trailer (2001) Loyalty Quote 3 Quote 5 Quote 6 Revolution "She took both my hands in hers as if we were getting ready to jump together into a deep spot in the lagoon of Ojo de Agua. 'Breathe slowly and deeply,' she intoned, 'slowly and deeply.'
"I pictured myself on a hot day falling, slowly and deeply, into those cold layers of water. I held on tight to my sister's hands, no longer afraid of anything but that she might let go."
(Chapter 3, page 39) Minerva tells Maria about the secret meetings at Don Horacio's House
Maria symbolically becomes part of the revolution
By lying about Tio Mon, Minerva shows her loyalty to Maria, and shows her allegiance with her sister "Then Minerva began singing the national anthem, and everyone joined in, men and women. That time Minerva got solitary for a week. The rest of us :women politicians" were locked up in a cell no bigger than Mama's living room and dining room combined." (228)

National Anthem is a sign of revolt, shows heightened tension in times of great upheaval.
Women treated harsher than men, sense of revolt is apparent
Maria knows her inevitable death, and accepts it because she knew her impact on the society, changing the revolution
Self Satisfaction, but work left to be done Bibliography "Julia Alvarez: Biography." bio. TRUE STORY. History Channel, 13 Jan. 2013. Web. 25 Jan. 2013.
http://www.biography.com/people/julia-alvarez-185850

Walker, Susan. "Julia Alvarez." English Emory. N.p., 12 Sept. 2001. Web. 25 Jan. 2013.
http://www.english.emory.edu/Bahri/Alvarez.html
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