In the “Plum Plum Pickers”, Raymand Barrio suggests that the “immigrant workers” class remains an important influence to a person life. It reveals an iniquitous bargain and differences between poor and rich people. It makes the workers obligated to work for really low salaries. Barrio shows it by using some effective techniques such as repetition and tone.
There author narrates about the life of an immigrant, precisely plum picker in a vast field, during Manuel’s description of the apricot field, he compares it with jail. Which shoes to the reader that it is not one of those cute romantic tree’ fields, it like hell!
“The hot dry air. The hot dry air sucking every drop of living moisture from this brute body.”
It's extremely hot out, and Manuel is working and starting to feel like he's an animal. He feels trapped in the rows of apricot trees, and he's sweating, tired and needs a break. He knows how to make us feel the pain that he is felling just by the way he describes his thinking and his emotions .
. In the middle of the passage, the author describes another character that named Roberto Morales. According to Roberto Morales name, it’s antagonist of the story can be represented as moral less. Morales is not a good man. Barrio shows that by describing him as a criminal and as a brut, plus the fact that he’s being rude with his people, people with the same principle s and the same education. So there shows that they stand for an unmoral conception into their lives with moral less, loveless and selfish.
So he claims there was a miscalculation and needs to take two cents from every picker buckets. Taking two cents from Manuel just didn’t make sense to him, he worked hard to earn that money, it was just not fair. So he stood up for him and for his brothers, disagreeing with what he did, and was ready to blow all his day up but flipping the buckets over, but with the help of his fellow partners, they got what they wanted! Which was to get the entire amount of money. During the confrontation of Manuel and Roberto Morales.
So Barrio shows that reality and life can be very exhausting. There is always a boss, manager, and an employee. Life can very repetitive and only the employee can improve. This also shows that we must go into a career that we love otherwise we will suffer our whole lives.
He’s still trying to prove that union is power, that when people have support whenever they look back, they will be fine in life.