In the early 1900s, food safety was an incredibly unfamiliar and overlooked part of America’s food industry. Written by muckraker Upton Sinclair, The Jungle, was a controversial novel that depicted the harsh living and working conditions of immigrants working in the food industry. After the release of The Jungle, thousands of meat-eating Americans were horrified at what had been happening in factories. Disgusting yet accurate details presented in The Jungle were the basis for the creation of laws to stop food production from becoming so unsanitary.
They were given low pay and barely had enough food to survive. This makes the American Dream nearly impossible to achieve. In this novel, many people pass away, including Ona, Jurgis’ wife. Ona dies while giving birth to her stillborn baby. Jurgis goes in and out of jail many times due to many different things.
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair follows the main character Jurgis Rudkus who is an immigrant from Lithuania. Jurgis immigrated to the United States and made his way to Chicago in order to follow the path of a legendary hometown name, Jokubas, who supposedly made a lot of money in the states. Upon reaching the United States and arriving in Chicago they realized it would be much harder to establish an income in a city they weren’t familiar with. Their luck changed when they happened upon the infamous Jokubas and found out he ran a local delicatessen in the stockyards in Chicago. Jokubas helped them find a place to sleep for the night in a boarding house while they used those first days to look for work in order to move to a nicer place of living. Jurgis then takes a tour of the stock yards where he is first introduced to the quality of living these animals are in before slaughter. He also notices that the inspectors don’t pay close attention to the carcasses to check for
Upton Sinclair portrays the economic tension in the United States during the late 19th and early 20th centuries through his novel “The Jungle”. He used the story of a Lithuanian immigrant, Jurgis Rudkus, to show the harsh situation that immigrants had to face in the United States, the unsanitary and unsafe working conditions in the meatpacking plants, as well as the tension between the capitalism and socialism in the United States during the early 1900s.
He feels the pressure and the injustice of the system more than ever during his time in jail. Jurgis’ experience with the policemen of Packingtown supported his role as a protagonist. “On his way to his cell a burly policeman cursed him because he started down the wrong corridor [...] Jurgis did not even lift his eyes— he had lived two years and a half in Packingtown, and he knew what the police were. It was as much as a man’s very life was worth to anger them...”
"And, for this, at the end of the week, he will carry home three dollars to his family, being his pay at the rate of five cents per hour,” (Sinclair 85) shows that the employees-- typically new immigrants at the plants-- were hardly provided for and were not paid at all that much. They were exploited; working for long hours for this little pay. Jurgis, the main character in The Jungle, struggled throughout part of Sinclair’s novel because of his lack of income from the meat packing plant he worked at, Durham’s. Many people in this time did as well, like Jurgis, having trouble seeking a home, food or clothing fit enough to purchase with the little they were provided with from their
Throughout the book, Jurgis had to constantly switch jobs because of accidents that laid him off work. No jobs was available to Jurgis except the fertilizer mill. The job at the fertilizer is the worse of it can be, Jurgis describes “...the phosphates soaked in through every pore of jurgis’s skin and in five minutes he had a headache, and in fifteen was almost dazed. the blood was pounding in his brain like an engine’s throbbing ……”(108). The fertilizer mill Jurgis is working at is extremely unsafe.
The impact did the book "The Jungle" has on society was showed the publis was actually going on in the factories. It showed how owners had no regard for worker safety nor public safety. Examples: people getting fingers cut off and being mixed in with the meat, diseased foods, and more. All the impacted of the Jungle in U.S by helping develop foods and workers safty laws and administrations. It also impacted the world by showing how immigrants were being mistreated and how hard life really was in the U.S.
Excerpts from The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, Document Analysis The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair, is a renowned source of political fiction that pioneered the movement of food safety in the United States. The Jungle was first published in a socialist newspaper in 1905 and then later adapted into a novel in 1906 after popular demand. Sinclair initially wrote the exposé as a way to change the unfortunate circumstances of immigrant laborers, whose working conditions that were believed to be unacceptable for any laborer in the industry. Sinclair leaves short references of his political opinions in the novel in various locations throughout the text “As if political liberty made wage slavery any the more tolerable!”
When they reach their destination of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, they will hunt jaguars in the Amazon rain forest. Although the film adaptation has some similar aspects, there are also minor changes. Some of these differences are
This is similar to the child birth event of Ona in The Jungle because Jurgis was not allowed into the room when Ona was conceiving the baby. Marija and a widow says to Jurgis “ you go away. Do as I tell you — you have done all you can, and you’re only in the way. Go away and stay away” (170) while Ona was having the baby and dying at the same time. The reason the widow says this to him is because in times like this, the men are usually known for being in the way.
I believe that more information is needed in this case. Did Zukonovich call Williams "Jungle Jim" because of the fact that he is black? If so, then Williams has every right to be upset. I have many friends of difference races whom joke in that type of manner with no issue, so I can see how the play on words could seem like a fun joke if it was done in the past. it is possible that Zukonovich though nothing of it and was just trying to make a joke. I can see that name jokingly being used for anyone named Jim regardless of race. That being said, it was wrong for him to do, especially if Williams never gave any indication that it was okay. Zukonovich needs to apologize to Williams, no question. Both boys should sit down and have a talk about
Banaag, Paul Christian O. Gr/Sec:11-TAYLOR THE JUNGLE BOOK (1894) By: Rudyard Kipling INTRODUCTION. The Jungle Book its written by Joseph Rudyard Kipling or simply known as Rudyard Kipling, he was a British author and poet best known for the jungle book published in 1894 and it’s regarded as major innovation in the art of short story.