The Jungle, written by Upton Sinclair, is about a Lithuanian family that travels to Chicago in pursuit of the American Dream. When writing this novel, Sinclair sought to build support for the Socialist Party and the working class. In preparation for writing The Jungle, Sinclair spent weeks in Chicago’s meat packing plants to study the lives of its stockyard workers. When the novel was first published, readers were more concerned with the health standards and conditions in which the meat was processed rather than the socialist message that Sinclair intended. The Jungle is also often associated with the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act and the Meat Inspection Act both in 1906, the year the novel was published (Source A).
“With one member trimming beef in a cannery, and another working in a sausage factory, the family had a first-hand knowledge of the great Packingtown swindles” (par.1). This statement from Upton Sinclair’s book The Jungle, introduces trust from a family because of their own personal knowledge . The Jungle, features an immigrant family trying to survive in 1900’s Chicago meat packing district. In the story, Sinclair’s goal is to expose the miserable life of immigrants who work in factories. To accomplish this goal, the author conveys rhetorical strategies such as diction, pathos, and metaphors.
After the publication of The Jungle, changes has been made to help protect citizens from diseased meat, but Sinclair still thought that more could be done to make the industry titans more reliable. He corresponded President Roosevelt with his concerns, “You must understand that the thing which I have called the ‘condemned meat industry’, is a matter of hundreds of thousands of dollars a month” (Department of Agriculture). Writing The Jungle was not just a way for Sinclair to gain popularity, he genuinely cared for his fellow Americans, and wrote to the president to fight and win justice for
3. The American people began to embrace the role of government during the progressive era to address poverty, poor health, violence, greed, racism, and class warfare. The American people came to understand that government was best positioned to improve education for regular Americans, protect them from street gangs and mobsters, ensure that that the workplace was safe, and that government was not rampant with corruption. As example, the FDA was created during the progressive era because of horrible things happening in the meat industry during this period in American
He did the proper planning and research in the writing of The Jungle. The Jungle was very informative and described the time period of the early 1900’s very well. The overall storyline was depressing and dreary, but so was this time period. Sinclair showed in this book the problems and corruption involved with the meat packing industry and the mistreatment of immigrant workers during the time. There were many forms of symbolism throughout this book.
The progressive era was a time in american history when there was change in the american way of life. Before the progressive era people would die because of mal- sanitation, children would be working in factories and where getting hurt. Meat packing was done inadequately. Muckrakers brought about positive change by exposing the ill fated conditions of child labor, and the sheer filth of the meat packing industry, through literature. In John Spargo's novel The Bitter Cry of Children he said “ When children become wage earners and are thrown into constant association with adult workers , they develop prematurely an adult consciousness and view of life,” this meant that children in this time period were not very optimistic about their future and had where defiant of their parents.
Symbolism in The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair Upton Sinclair’s, “The Jungle”, is a revolutionary piece of literature. The tell-all exposé actually caused the United States, in 1906 to start monitoring the meatpacking industry closer, for the safety of the country’s inhabitants. Sinclair didn’t think it was just to be selling bad meat to fellow Americans. This story, since it is journalism, it doesn’t actually have much symbolism, but the three ideas I’ve decided to discuss are: the title itself, Packingtown, and the meat. The Title: The Jungle, is a major key to the story.
In Jurgis’ first job, the health standards are extremely low. As I said before in my summary, “ Animals that are diseased were thrown in with the rest, rats constantly run over the meat and eat the meat, and when a human worker would fall into the meat chute, their screams would be ignored and they we packed with the rest of the meat.” If anyone of these things happened in a meat factory, the factory would be shut down and any person high up the imaginary latter would be sued extensively. Another thing that I learned is that you should never commit to an idea before it is proven. Sinclair dedicates this book to his believe that socialism is a better system of government than capitalism. This book was written in 1906 before the rise of the most notable socialist country, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics or the USSR.
Thus, Williams makes use of characterisation, stage directions, and props to reveal how Stanley’s powerful, yet negatively portrayed characteristics, represents the social group of the working class of modern America. Williams focuses on Stanley’s bestial behaviour to show how the "normal" behaviour of people of modern America is aggressive. This animalistic representation is first depicted when he hurls a bloodied package of meat to his wife, Stella (14). Williams’ use of
This advertisement is what’s known as emotional appeal, brands are using a variety of techniques to appeal to consumer emotion. Source credibility is an important factor in an advertisement and the trustworthiness of the source, this is applicable to this advertisement as the WWF is such a credible brand pushing their message of animal conservation. The connotations of black crows, which are symbols of cunning, death and war are all elements involved in the poaching of animals. This displays the transition of the process of poaching, the poachers use their craft to slaughter animals which has sparked a humanitarian war in Africa. The large barren landscape connotes the idea of a lifeless habitat, little vegetation due to drought leads to the animal being in total isolation.