Lead by Senator Joe McCarthy, this modern witch hunt for communism ruined lives and spread lies, with the initial victims being the disliked, the outsiders. One of the first of those blacklisted was Owen Lattimore. He was outspoken about his unpopular liberal views and so it was easy for McCarthy to shift blame and suspicion towards him (Victims of McCarthyism). McCarthy played off the existing fear of communism left behind by World War II to gain support for his lagging political career by fighting a problem that did not really exist. As in The Crucible, people easily accepted that Lattimore and others like him were to blame, in this case for being communist.
The Jungle is a story that revolves around the protagonist Jurgis Rudkus and his family, the Lithuanian immigrant who came to America to lead a better life and worked at meatpacking plants of early 20th century Chicago. The story showcases the hardship that they underwent due to the harsh and bad working condition, poverty, starvation and being cheated by unjust people agents, eventually losing all their money. The Jungle provides us ways to look at the unfettered capitalism that prevailed in the early 20th century. This book also exposes the corruption, inequality, unjustness, sickness and slavery that existed in the society. Jurgis started off firmly believing on his American dream of having a better life where he would work hard and earn lots of money.
Also, the people in power possessed gluttonous qualities. Tweed serves as an example of someone who was greedy when it came to money, and did whatever it took to obtain it. Document A (“Boss Tweed as Moneybag”) depicts Tweed with a bag of money as a head, which shows how he let money control his actions as a person with power. This is also shown in Document G (“New York City’s Courthouse”); it shows how Tweed gained his wealth through stealing the public’s money. Once these cartoons were published, citizens became well-informed about the corruption of their government.
The Unfair Treatment of Immigrants in The Jungle by Upton Sinclair Imagine going somewhere new, far away and ending up in a bad situation with no way out. That’s how Jurgis and his family felt when they left their home country of Lithuania to come to America to pursue their dreams of wealth. Their world was quickly turned upside down when they realized that the deck was stacked against them in Chicago’s unfair system, which was designed to leave them trapped. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair will bring you into the world of manipulation and poverty in Chicago during the 1900s. The big bosses of Chicago were suspected of sending agents to Europe to spread the tales of how much money immigrants could earn by going to America to work, “and so he had sent his agents into every city and village in Europe to spread the tale of the chances of work and high wages at the
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
The perfect definition of the American dream differs from person to person. However , it is seen that the mostly used concept of this term by the people is that of having a decent homely life with two children, an ideal spouse and a house which provides them with comfort and satisfaction. But this concept of the American dream varies from it’s true meaning. James Truslow Adams wrote a book “ The Epic of America” in the year 1931 and came up with an idea of the true meaning of American dream. He stated that “ The American dream is the dream of a kind of land in which our life becomes better and richer and equal opportunities should be given to everybody on the basis of their ability .
Sinclair repeats “odor” (Sinclair 20) twice to convey the disruptive nature of the factory, and the anadiplosis magnifies the effects that the smell has on the people and the area. The odor is the most noticeable effect of the slaughter of animals in the stockyard, and the fact that the word is repeated three times in one sentence reveals how ignorant the family is to the harshness of the situation. Foreshadowing has a large presence as well, as Sinclair hints that there are disastrous activities occurring in the town by depicting the factory’s effects on the surrounding regions. As the family approaches the city, they fail to realize that the sky is graying, and the grass is not as lush as before. They somehow do not realize that the strange odor is abnormal, and the worsening conditions are key to Sinclair’s foreshadowing.
Food demonstrate how the meatpackers do not bother with selling their products in terrible conditions, moreover, the workers are found looking for something to eat in the dumps. (Shmoop.com) This example clearly demonstrates how capitalism during this era was present in the novel, it reveals how the owners took control of their factories without the control of the government. Even more the novel’s tittle symbolizes the ambitious nature of capitalism; Packingtown is a crude image of a Darwinian jungle,
In the early 1900s, food safety was an incredibly unfamiliar and overlooked part of America’s food industry. Written by muckraker Upton Sinclair, The Jungle, was a controversial novel that depicted the harsh living and working conditions of immigrants working in the food industry. After the release of The Jungle, thousands of meat-eating Americans were horrified at what had been happening in factories. Disgusting yet accurate details presented in The Jungle were the basis for the creation of laws to stop food production from becoming so unsanitary. The Jungle follows a young Lithuanian immigrant named Jurgis Rudkis and his teenage wife Ona.
He deals reality with extreme arrogance . Besides, the interaction between Willy and the main characters Linda, Biff Loman and Happy Loman reveals sides of his personality such as; being obsessive, angry or desperately motivated by the American dream. His aggressive behavior seemed to be a result of the things going around him, starting from his job, a salesman earning a little amount of money and his son 's Biff incapability to settle his life, and as the play evolves, they lead to his suicide. Willy lived in an imaginary world with thoughts and dreams that restricted him and directed his actions such as; the house purchases, Biff 's financial situation, better job opportunities and finally following the American dream that evidently killed him.
They say the best part of the pie is having a piece of it in the play The Hairy Ape Eugene O 'Neil talks about the unequal social economic class between the rich and the poor in the standpoints of the characters. The play mainly focuses on Yank which is one of the dirtiest workers there and also seems to have an accent which separates him from the rest of the crew as the plays go there is one more character that has a huge influence on Yank, and that is Mildred. The daughter of the owner of Nazareth Steel the company that Yank works for. In the play, Mildred calls Yanks a beast which infuriates him, however, his colleagues claim that she called him a hairy ape. However, O’Neil paints a picture in our head how the poor lower class people work
Uptown Sinclair’s book The Jungle was originally written to expose the working conditions within the meat packing industry. Sinclair shocked millions as he bore what it was really like behind the scenes. Employees worked with contaminated and rotting meat, which was not a health violation at the time. This eventually led to new food and federal safety laws. Most of the labor force was an immigrant, who moved to the United States with hopes of the “American Dream.” Most would say that they did not find what they were looking for.