Analysis Of The Book The Jungle, By Upton Sinclair

1648 Words7 Pages
The Wretched Lives of Workers America during the early 20th Century was a time full of selfish capitalists and the poverty-stricken workers who paid for their success. The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair, captures this perfectly with the portrayal of Jurgis Rudkus. Jurgis is a newly immigrated person to the United States with his family when they realize they need jobs and a place to live. Throughout the book, Jurgis finds new jobs such as in meat factories and fertilizer plants but loses them as well. The book is full of tragedies ranging from Jurgis losing his job to the death of his wife and child. In The Jungle, Upton Sinclair successfully shows how the working class was affected by capitalistic America, by the lack of safety standards, and how they were taken advantage of. The Jungle successfully shows how the working class was neglected by capitalism in America. At the beginning of the book many characters have personalities and brought culture from Lithuania, but as time goes on the uniqueness goes too. In “Overview of Upton (Beall) Sinclair” from Student Resources in Context, it states, “It is also true that during the course of the book Jurgis and the other characters gradually lose their individuality, becoming instead any group of immigrants.” Sinclair shows throughout the book how characters who had personalities and lives, slowly become a part of the horde of the working class. When Jurgis first arrives to the United States he gets hired right away and likes his job
Open Document