A Gringo in the Lettuce Fields

In “A Gringo in the Lettuce Fields,” written by Gabriel Thompson, he shares his story of doing manual labor in a lettuce field. Thompson is a man who wanted to show the world the captivating life of fieldworkers. In the story, he describes the things that the workers have to go through on a daily basis such as the uniform, what they do and has a detail description of how they do it. However, the author fails to make this excerpt a well-written story. He fails to do so because he lacks in strong structure, diction and complex sentences. Even though the article had a great storyline and appeals to the emotions of the reader it lacked in the components that separate a well-written piece from a poorly written one.

In order to experience a day in the life of a fieldworker, Thompson decides to work on a lettuce field in Yuma, Arizona for two months. He wants to let Americans know of the hardships that field workers face, most of them being Hispanic. As soon as Gabriel arrives to the field he feels welcomed by Manuel, a fellow coworker who his foreman Pedro put him with to learn from. The author, on his third day on the job, already feels the effects of working in the lettuce field ten hours a day. Manuel then explains to Gabriel the five-day rule. “It is simple: survive the first five days and you’ll be fine”. The goal for Gabriel is in sight, he is so close to the fifth day that he feels an extra surge of energy flow through his body that helps him get through the rest of the day. Then he shares that thejob of a fieldworker is a job that most Americans will never do. In 2006, Arizona’s own Senator John McCain “created a stir when he issued a challenge to a group of union members in Washington,D.C”. McCain stated, “ I’ll offer anybody here $50 an hour if you’ll go pick lettuce in Yuma this season, and pick for the whole season”, yet nobody was up for the challenge. Personally, I would do it because of the simple fa…