Book Review Of Upton Sinclair's 'The Jungle'

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Ashwin Kumar
Ms. Bergith Weber
AP English Language/4
March 17, 2018
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Title: The title of this book is The Jungle.
Author: The author of this book is Upton Sinclair.
Original Date of Publication: Upton Sinclair published this book originally in 1906, but numerous editions have been published even in the 21st century that censor some its graphic content and violence. The time period was the progressive era in the early twentieth century.
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 of the industrial era with key articles and books. This took place in the progressive era in the early 1900s, which was a couple decades composed of an emerging mass culture and numerous reforms, one being the right for women to vote. Since one of the pressing issues of the time was the unsafe conditions in many of the industry factories, Sinclair’s novel struck a chord when it revealed the unhygienic and unsanitary conditions in the meat industry. The book is particularly notable because it was the primary reason, rationale, and inspiration for both the Meat Inspection Act and the 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act (Costly 4).
Extended Plot Summary:
The Jungle consists of a married couple, Jurgis Rudkus and Ona Lukoszaite, migrating from
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