The Jungle is a story that revolves around the protagonist Jurgis Rudkus and his family, the Lithuanian immigrant who came to America to lead a better life and worked at meatpacking plants of early 20th century Chicago. The story showcases the hardship that they underwent due to the harsh and bad working condition, poverty, starvation and being cheated by unjust people agents, eventually losing all their money. The Jungle provides us ways to look at the unfettered capitalism that prevailed in the early 20th century. This book also exposes the corruption, inequality, unjustness, sickness and slavery that existed in the society. Jurgis started off firmly believing on his American dream of having a better life where he would work hard and earn lots of money.
Roosevelt had recently read Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle” which exposed in graphic detail the horrors of the meatpacking industry. He was shocked and disgusted, and responded by appointing a special investigating committee to look into the food handling processes in this industry. Coming back with reports confirming much of what Sinclair had written, Roosevelt began pressuring Congress to address the issue. Though he realized the devastating effects these reports could have on the meatpacking industry, he chose to put consumer protection first. Congress soon passed the Meat Inspection Act and the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 after much pressure from Roosevelt.
When the disease hit the household of the banker Charles Warren, the family hired the sanitary engineer George Soper who was well-known for his ‘shoe-leather’ investigations. Soper managed to connect twenty-two cases to the households where Mary served, which convinced him that Mallon was the cook who endangered the public’s health. Soper visited Mallon’s house twice in order to explain to Mary that she was a healthy carrier of typhoid fever as well as to collect samples for
The Choices We Make in Life Have you ever found it interesting to notice two people whose lives start out close to the same but end so differently? Jurgis is the main character in the book The Jungle. The book was written by Upton Sinclair and it portrays the horrors of factory life in the early twentieth century. Jurgis was an immigrant that came to America in hopes to achieve the American Dream, only to find himself cheated out of that dream by everyone around him. In contrast to The Jungle, the movie Cinderella Man is based on the Depression Era.
The Jungle, written by Upton Sinclair, is best known as a fiction story. It talks about how immigrants were treated cruelly, in a packing town somewhere in Chicago. Which is where he asked most of his questions, as a journalist. One of the questions applied to how the social class affects their structure at work. An immigrant, low social class background for a character named Jurgis demonstrates how inequitable life can be in the early 1900s.
Song of Solomon, set between the 1930s and the 1960s, alludes to many milestones for black culture in the 20th century: the rise of the New Deal Coalition, the Civil Rights Movement, the Black Power Movement, etc. We rarely meet any white characters, but we know that an oppressive white world exists just outside the black world. The few times that white characters do enter the novel, the consequences are immediate and devastating. White people in Song of Solomon are a source of harm for black people: Macon Dead I is murdered by a wealthy white family, and Guitar’s father dies in a factory accident because of his white boss’s negligence. One form that blacks’ racism against other blacks takes is economic.
Roosevelt was born on October 27, 1858, in Manhattan, New York. He was born into a wealthy family with three siblings, and suffered many illnesses as a child, including asthma. As a teenager, however, Roosevelt overcame his sickly childhood and fell in love with a life of adventure. Theodore had a varied educational career; he was tutored at home as a young boy, graduated from Harvard where “he studied a variety of subjects, including German, natural history, zoology, forensics, and composition” (Milkis). Roosevelt was inspired to conserve the environment after witnessing the loss of species and habitats firsthand while living as a rancher, hunter, and sheriff in the North Dakota
“At eleven years old, with Prim just seven, I took over as head of the family” In this quote, the use of short, emphatic straight to the point phrases makes the reader really feel the dire situation that Katniss was thrown into after her father’s death. The death of Mr. Everdeen, a mining explosion almost only indirectly created by the poor working conditions the Capitol provides for these slaving miners, forces Katniss to mature well beyond her years and form constructive opinions on the type of authority the Capitol use. “Days of hunting and gathering for this one meal and even then it would be a poor substitute for the Capitol Version” Use of a weak metaphor or symbolism covers up the real message of what Katniss is thinking, which is an idea similar to the earlier quote. Katniss is showing that the Capitol is enslaving these district residents to provide the resources for them to use their “Capitol Version”, usually taking the best cuts of meat or wool the day’s work provides. This leaves the district residents, like said focused individual, with scraps and the need to hunt illegally for more.
Upton Sinclair’s, The Jungle is a novel, which affected the food industry in 1900’s but also in America today. People have learned over the years the truths about the food industry, revealed through Sinclair’s detailed evidence. Sinclair meant to aim at the public’s heart but instead he shot straight at their stomachs. One would easily be convinced to never again buy or eat meat again. Fortunately, people have seen changes from 1906 and have been currently trying to repair the Food Industry.
Tenessee Williams is one of the most outstanding playwrights in American Theatre. His play The Glass Menagerie premiered in Chicago in 1944 and was an instant hit. It is set in the days of the Great Depression of 1930s when unemployment, inflation and shortage of necessary things had made the lives of people all over the world miserable. The playwright has sought to evaluate this era that caused financial as well as emotional trauma through depiction of the plight of a middle class family living in St. Louis, Missouri. The play deals with the memories of Tom Wingfield, an officer in the Merchant Navy, who had deserted his poor mother, Amanda, and disabled sister, Laura, in order to pursue a life of adventure but suffers from acute remorse due to his realisation of what his helpless family must have gone through in his absence.
It is well-known how brutally and inhuman the Germans were to the Jewish and others during World War II. The things that aren 't normally mentioned are the disgusting ways that the Germans tortured and killed these innocent people. The question is, where did this sick and twisted thinking start and when in the mind of Hitler. He was born on April 20, 1889, in a small town in Austria called Braunau. He had a fine performance in grade school, but he became quite rebellious in Realschule, a college preparatory school.
In Native Son, Richard Wright strives to provide the perspective of a black man in the 1930s through the narrative of Bigger Thomas, a man who begins working for the Daltons, an affluent white family, only to accidentally murder their daughter Mary. Through Bigger 's life in Chicago coupled with his experience of white society through the Daltons, Wright reflects on how a black man can be shaped by the society or world that confines him. The resulting moral ambiguity, regarding Bigger, his true motivations, and the depth of societies’ accountability provides readers with new ways of dealing with and defining its American black subjects. Wright 's novel asks the reader to re-imagine the pre-conceived roles assigned to the black communities