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Character Analysis Of Patria

Stephie and Bella
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Stephie Teffeteller

on 19 February 2013

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Character Analysis: Patria By: Stephanie Teffeteller and Isabella Agostino Quotes Questions "Give her time, Doña Chea, give her time. I've seen many a little angel mature into a fallen one." (Alvarez 45) Quote Four Quote 2 Quote Three Quote 1 Later Life Midlife Early Life
-Initially against involvement in political warfare
-Change of heart...
-Noticed the difference between her sisters life and hers
-Unfortunate Death -Went to Catholic School as a Child

-Left School by choice at the age of 16 -Married Pedrito Gonzalez before she turned 17
-Had two children
-Lost a baby before it was born and was left depressed
-Later bore one more child "Ask anyone around here who was the easiest, friendliest, simplest of the Mirabal girls, and they'd tell you, Patria Mercedes." (51, Alvarez) "Patria Mercedes was in those timbers, in the nimble workings of the transoms, she was in those wide boards on the floor and in the creaky door opening on its old hinges...My sisters were so different! They built their homes on sand and called the slip and slide adventure." (148, Alvarez)
"I looked at his face. He was a boy no older than Noris. Maybe that's why I cried out, 'Get down, son! Get down!' His eyes found mine just as a shot hit him square in the back...I thought, Oh my God, he's one of mine!" (162, Alvarez) "I wonder if the dead child were not a punishment for having turned my back on my religious calling." (Alvarez 52)

"I had heard, but I had not believed. Snug in my heart, fondling my pearl, I had ignored their cries of desolation. How could our loving, all powerful Father allow us to suffer so? I looked up challenging Him." (Alvarez 53) This quote sums up Patria's journey. She had been nurturing an obedient all of her childhood. She was sure to always attend mass and knew not to "play with the word of god." (Alvarez 47) She was an "angel" in her home life and at church. People who saw her dedication to her faith expected her to become a nun until she dropped out of Catholic school. This quote foreshadows her downfall from purity. Once she begins to have cravings, she begins to lose her innocence. Though it is not until she marries Pedrito that she physically loses it and gives into her desires. Her miscarriage later put her into a dark state where she changed her original moral principals and became more easily influenced in her actions and thoughts. "From the beginning I was so good...One morning, she found me changing Dede's wet diaper, but what was funny was that I hadn't wanted to disturb Mama for a clean one, so I had taken off mine to put on my baby sister." (44, Alvarez) Patria has always had a natural nurturing sense to her. Her calling from the beginning was to love God and be a mom. Typical, normal, and safe life. She wasn't born with the passion for rebellion, or mischief. In this passage Patria didn't want to disturb her mother who was very busy with a full house, so she quietly changed her baby sisters diaper, as she, Patria, was also still in diapers. She took her own off and gave it to her sibling. This shows the comparison of Patria to her sisters. How she was the ultimate kindness. Notice the words chosen to describe her; easiest, friendliest, simplest. These provoke the thought that she was, in some ways, boring, compared to her exciting, adventurous, sparkly sisters, she was sort of dull. This passage was talking about how everyone showed up to wish Patria well at her wedding. The yearn for more arrives! the foggy nearness of her sisters ever changing downpour caused a tiny spark in Patria, to want something more then the life she lives. This quote represents Patria and her unconciously questioning the state she is in, maybe not wanting what her sisters have yet, but at least acknowledging the vast difference. In the passage Patria was comparing her house vs. her sisters house "built on sand" meaning its unstable, but that they called it an adventure so it might not be all that bad. The fire has been set! Her motherly instincts drive her to justice, meaning she had to live the fast pace life her sisters chose. This quote demonstrates the first tree blazing up in flames from the tiny spark that was set in the earlier quote. This will eventually lead to a whole burning of the forest. Patria is a natural born mother, her instincts are her strong suit and she uses them here to flea from her 'ordinary life'. This passage is in the part of the book The fire has been set! Her motherly instincts drive her to justice, meaning she had to live the fast pace life her sisters chose. This quote demonstrates the first tree blazing up in flames from the tiny spark that was set in the earlier quote. This will eventually lead to a whole burning of the forest. Patria is a natural born mother, her instincts are her strong suit and she uses them here to flea from her 'ordinary life'. This passage is in the part of the book where she is on a mission trip, and there was an attack. She sees a boy running from the guns who looks about the age of her oldest son. She feels the need to tell him to get down, so she does, but it was too late and he was shot by the enemy. Quote Five Questions 1.What are the advantages/disadvantages of being conservative or not?
2.How does loss change or effect one's moral beliefs? How could this be positive or negative in real life and in the life of Patria?
3. Does being the oldest automatically make you abide by the rules or does the pressure to live by the rules most often lead to rebellion?
4. How did Patria's relationship with her father differ from that of her sisters? How did it affect her future?
5. What led to Patria questioning the only religion she had ever practiced (Christianity)? Is that a common occurrence today? Why or why not? These quotes show Patria's different feeling toward God that control the rest of her life. The first quote shows regret and longing which was seen in her earlier life when she was trying to find her calling in life and later when she lost her baby. It also reflects her husband's grief and suffering that she tried to alleviate through pleasure but never fixed anything. The second quote shows her initial naive attitude toward government rebellion and how her experiences personally and what she saw others go through had effected her views and actions. The Life of Patria Mirabal
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