1 Abdur-Rahman Oladoja Mrs. Dutcher & Ms. Ruston 7th Grade English May 13th, 2019 English FPT Freedom Essay In both John Steinbeck’s, The Pearl, and Julia Alvarez’s, In the Time of the Butterflies, it is evident that both authors reference the idea of being free in their novels. In her novel, Alvarez highlights the story of the Mirabal sisters, who start a revolution to overthrow Rafael Leónidas Trujillo, an evil tyrant in the Dominican Republic. In The Pearl, Steinbeck reveals the struggles of a poor indigenous Mexican and his family under the oppression of racist colonial Spaniards. Being free is being able to speak and act as you wish and to be able to think uninfluenced by others. Using this definition, María Argentina Minerva Mirabal from, In the Time of the Butterfliesis free because she sacrificed her life fighting against the dictatorial regime of Trujillo allowing her legacy to live on in the Dominican Republic whereas Kino from The Pearl was not free because the oppression of the wealthy members of his town turned him into a greedy and desperate man.