Once found, Jurgis is shocked to find the conditions of the family. Weak as she is, Ona has gone into premature labor and is dying. After enlisting the help of a midwife, Jurgis spends his night drinking, trying to forget his struggles and the pain he is experiencing. Returning home early in the morning, Jurgis finds that the baby had died, and Ona was not far behind. Racing into the bedroom, Jurgis speaks to Ona one last time before she dies, leaving him no one left to care about in the world except his son.
On page 155 of Jeanette Walls’ memoir, Glass Castle, Walls describes how after the family settles down in Welch, she and her brother Brian decide to make the best of the situation they are in. Ninety-three Little Hobart Street is a “dinky thing perched high up off the road on a hillside...painted white a long time ago, but...turned a dismal gray” (Walls 150). Jeanette and Brian scavenge a shovel and a pickaxe. Then, the two build the foundation for the the Glass Castle of their dreams behind the dingy home. After a month, their father orders the children to fill the foundation with garbage.
The reformist nature of the times is effectively captured through Sinclair’s descriptions of the meatpacking industry and its unfair treatment of workers in a dramatized way that differentiates it from other muckraker texts (Bielakowski). It documents America’s industrial and immigrant experience through Jurgis and his family, like the incredibly low wages to the hazardous conditions in the factories, while also calling for social welfare and unionization. Considering the highly competitive economic society that has persisted, and still persists, The Jungle has yet to lose its
Tiffany eventually agrees to go on a date with Danny alone, but when Danny takes her to her door, Tiffany's brother, Frank and a skinhead gang viciously beat him. Ba who is the grandmother in the family, finds out about Sang Le's money and finds out it comes from the ‘jobs’ given to him by the gang. She makes Sang Le to promise to leave the gang and return the money. He agrees, and the next night he stays home with Danny after the leader of the Cobra gang tells Sang Le to meet him at the billiards hall, if he still wants to participate in the gang's activities. Sang Le resists going, but later Danny lets him go to the store a block down to buy cigarettes.
Smith stepped to the side to call her husband about dinner. As she was speaking to him, nobody noticed when a man dressed all in black and wearing sunglasses slipped his gloved hand behind the booth and grabbed the little brown bag holding all the money the booster club had earned that night. As he was walking off, Mrs. Smith returned to the booth to find the bag missing. She asked all the other sponsors if they had moved it, or seen it, but when they hadn’t, she began to panic. Meanwhile, the thief had thrown away the brown bag and his gloves, and started to make his way back to the motel he was staying at.
The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair is renowned source of political fiction that pioneered the movement of food safety in the United States. The Jungle was first published in a socialist newspaper in 1905 and then later adapted into a novel in 1906 after popular demand. Sinclair initially wrote the exposé as a way to change the unfortunate circumstances of immigrant laborers, whose working conditions that were believed to be unacceptable for any laborer in the industry. Sinclair leaves short references of his political opinions in the novel in various locations throughout the text “As if political liberty made wage slavery any the more tolerable!” (Sinclair 31). Written as an indirect attack at the labor industry, the real driving force behind the popularity of the novel was that many readers could not fathom the truth behind the meat industry.
Genre: This book is in the genre of political and historical fiction, as it portrays the horrors of the meat-packing industry with a few fictional characters. Historical Context: Upton Sinclair was a muckraker, which meant he was a journalist who exposed the harsh societal norms
• Robert Smith jumps of the roof of Mercy Hospital (No Mercy Hospital) hoping he can fly • Ruth Dead goes into labor at Mercy hospital, and she was the first black patient admitted there • Around the same time Guitar is ordered by a nurse to get the security guard at the admissions desk, and Guitar was a smart 6 year old as he realized her mistake spelling 'admissions' • A day after this Macon III 'Milkman' Dead is born • Macon does not give Ruth any love, and because of that she does things that make her happy, such as polishing a watermark on her dining table and breastfeeding 'Milkman', for longer than he should've, which is how he got his nickname as Freddie walked into Ruth breastfeeding Milkman • Macon is obsessed with money, and
Nae’s determination is shown one night when her and Sourdi were working alone. She was watching the drunk men when “One of them staggered up and put his arm across Sourdi’s shoulders. He called her his “China doll,” and his friends hooted at this” (Chai 117). Nae stabbed the man with a knife, so he would leave Sourdi alone. When Nae was positive about her older sister being in danger, she and Duke drove six hours to Des Moines to check on her.
Then, with Guidry’s permission, Pichot gives Jefferson the knife. Jefferson says he will give it back in a few days. During the next few days, people from all over town come to speak to Jefferson. His friend Bok reluctantly gives Jefferson one of his marbles, and Jefferson cries because no one has ever paid so much attention to him.Vivian comes with Grant to visit Jefferson on his last night. Jefferson is humiliated in front of her, for he has not bathed recently and thinks he is ugly, but Vivian tells him he looks handsome and strong.
Chapter six of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald opens with a reporter arriving at the front door of Jay Gatsby 's estate. After a short discussion about the backstory of the mysterious self-made millionaire, the reporter departs. This causes Gatsby to unload his true backstory upon Nick, explaining that he was poor for most of his life and made money through embezzlement. In chapter seven, Gatsby decides to cancel all future parties and to fire his servants. Later in the chapter, he meets Daisy’s child, Pammy, for the first time, and is shocked by the realization that Daisy truly had made a life for herself.