Critique Upton Sinclair's The Jungle '

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This section discusses the importance of theme in the writing process. Interestingly enough, the main message seems to be that one should not start writing with the purpose of getting one’s writing to embody a specific theme. According to the text, this can lead to the theme being too overtly stated or developed. A selection of writing by Flannery O’Connor is included which carries the same message, that theme should be subtly present throughout a story. Then, the authors critique Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle for making the mistake “waxing didactic” through his presentation of theme. I found this entire discussion extremely relevant. During the writing exercise we did in class on Monday, I found that from start to finish, I had no idea what
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