(The entire section is 535 words.) traces the day-to-day lives of a group of Chicano migrant farmworkers, revealing the struggles they must endure as they attempt to survive on low wages and in poor living conditions.
Helena María Viramontes is connected to this group of people in that her parents were migrant workers, and the book is dedicated to them and to the memory of César Chávez, a man who fought for the rights of farmworkers.
One night when they are raiding the orchard, biplanes fly overhead, spraying pesticides.
Although Alejo and Gumecindo attempt to run from the orchards to avoid the poisoning pesticides, Alejo is sprayed and eventually becomes very sick.
The family moves into a dilapidated house near an aging barn, works picking grapes, and befriends two cousins, Alejo and Gumecindo.
Estrella and Alejo have an immediate attraction, and the novella’s drama builds when Alejo is sprayed by pesticides one night while he and Gumecindo are stealing apples from a nearby orchard to sell.As the family settles into their new home, they meet two teenage boys who also work in the nearby fields.One of these boys, Alejo, sees Estrella swimming in the irrigation ditch and quickly becomes infatuated with her, stopping by the family’s bungalow later to offer them some peaches he has stolen.This 49-page guide for “Under the Feet of Jesus” by Helena Maria Viramontes includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis covering 5 chapters, as well as several more in-depth sections of expert-written literary analysis.Featured content includes commentary on major characters, 25 important quotes, essay topics, and key themes like The Uncertainty of Life on the Margins of Society and The Exploitation of Migrant Workers.—who make their living harvesting crops in California.Estrella’s family, however, has several problems of its own.Perfecto asks repeatedly for Estrella’s help in tearing down a derelict old barn; unbeknownst to her, he is haunted by memories of his long dead girlfriend and child, and is considering deserting Petra in order to return home before he himself dies.It is Estrella’s symbolic rite of passage; the nurse gives back their money, and Estrella and her family drive Alejo to the hospital.Estrella comes out of the hospital entrance to her waiting family, and Viramontes underlines the...Since Alejo has become friends with Estrella and her family,...Super Summary, a modern alternative to Spark Notes and Cliffs Notes, offers high-quality study guides for challenging works of literature.