The owners forced them to live in isolated communities near workshops and forced them to buy goods with high interests. The cities were poorly constructed and crowded with people and residents. The work was also dangerous with not much supervising by the government.Workers, on the other hand, had little or even no bargaining power to leave the unsafe conditions. Nowadays, When Americans only pay attention when extreme work strike, levels of abuse are the norm hidden in the factories around the globe. Although the condition seems much improved, consumers don’t know the true fact- “Today, American citizens simply cannot know the working conditions of the factories that make the products they buy.
It usually reminds us today how nowadays companies will take advantage of products they don’t need. The filthy meatpacking industries of Chicago was something that wasn’t taken carefully but rather lightly. The workers in charge of cleaning the meat were described by Sinclair lazy and careless people whose only desire is money. Jurgis lived a bad life as a result retaliating to criminals in theft. Lastly, Sinclair’s plot was of a complex meaning and certainly not an easy understanding as of commercial fiction.
There were no food-related inspections or prerequisites that protected consumers from buying unhealthy or tainted meat. This lack of protection was alarming, as more than two-hundred diseases can be spread through food. There were also few laws that restricted the freedoms of business owners, which made it extremely easy for these owners to abuse their workers. The working conditions in most meat-plants were blatantly gruesome. There were usually no restrooms for the workers, so a corner or the floor were utilized as substitutes.
The setting that Sinclair chose was vital in creating that massive uproar in society. The Jungle served to show the ills of Gilded Age capitalism, in the early 1900’s, and also showed how bad living conditions were for the poor people who worked in these industries were. Most of the novel is set in the early 1900’s Chicago district called “Packingtown” where a lot of the United States’ meat packing industry was located, as well as the people who worked in the industry. Sinclair set up Packingtown as a sad, grim, tired town that does not welcome much excitement or happiness, and rather just destroys every last bit of what happiness and hope that remains in it. The town almost seems like it is
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. Which means, rather than seeing change in labor rights, many people instead fixated on his vivid descriptions of meat packing in the text. Sinclair embodied such descriptions of rotten meat, toxic chemicals, dirt, sawdust and even rat droppings, that consumers across the nation could not believe was actually being sold in stores and butcher shops. The story initially begins with a Lithuanian couple who have moved to Chicago in search for a better life. Following the wedding of the two, the main character in the novel, Jurgis, pursues a job at the stockyards of Chicago.
Ralph starts to get frustrated seeing that no one else is helping in building the huts. He is upset that they make all of these plans during the meetings and barely anyone actually does the work. He is trying to create shelters, but Jack thinks that hunting is a bigger priority. The conch shell represented the fairness and democracy of civilization, while the “beast” and the drive to hunt for it shows the savage, impulse controlled feeling in society. Throughout the chapters the value of the “beast” starts going up while the conch shell starts becoming history.
By forcing producers to sell in public markets and setting price caps there was belief that middle men would be eradicated due to little incentive (Graham, 175). As a result of tight regulations many producers felt their way of life was threatened and the government acted unfair. Many changed their ways of production such as butchers leaving bad meat for consumers and selling high quality meat on the black market and venues selling spoiled food to maximize profit (Graham, 176, 177). Liberalism during this period of time in Salvador was defined as a free market system in which food can be bought and sold at an unregulated price/amount. The belief was that competition amongst sellers would lead to fair market based on
They had inspectors at the factories to check the animals and make sure they did not have an illness or disease, but most of the inspectors did not do their jobs right. Since the inspectors did not do their job right some of the animals, that went through the process of becoming packaged meat, had diseases or viruses that no one knew about. Eventually, this meat ended up in a grocery store where anyone could buy it. So, essentially someone would have been eating diseased meat that could have been also spoiled. This led to many illnesses for working men/women in general, because most of the “working class” could not afford more high class meat, so they dealt with the diseased and spoiled meat, which often led to the people getting
For example, Mr. Cunningham, who was a poor neighbor, has to pay Atticus with vegetables because he cannot pay him with real money for his work. In the same way, people were worried about their lives , but Roosevelt said to the people of the United States that “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself”(History.com Great Depression). So the people of Maycomb had to hold onto hope for a while when doing their jobs. The Great Depression started to end in 1938, rebuilding the economy of the United States and the rest of the
Due to his race, he was segregated, and was not allowed to associate with white people. Crooks was the loneliest person on the ranch because his color, there is a lot of racism at the point and so they were considered lower. On page 68 it states " I ain't wanted in the bunkhouse and you ain't wanted in my room. "Why ain't you wanted?" Lennie asked. "