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.
In “ The Jungle”, the author Upton Sinclair states that “ I aimed at the public's heart and by accident I hit it in the stomach”. This means that Sinclair wanted to muckrake the Meat Packing Industry to seek attention for the workers, but instead food became a bigger concern. The characters Jurgis, Ona, and Marija with fellow family members are Lithuanian immigrants who came to PackingTown in hope for a better future, however they came to realize that the whole town is run by capitalist. Although Sinclair intentionally uses metaphors and similes to depict the characters struggle in the horrible living and working conditions in Packingtown, his purpose is undermined and overlooked by his use of realism to depict the food process.
Peace activist, protester, dreamer, are three titles that describe Ron Kovic. Many people know that Ron Kovic was a war hero in the Vietnam War, but he was so much more. As a well known Vietnam activist, Ron Kovic showed America that veterans matter and should not be cast aside from the rest of the world. He left a lasting legacy by taking others ideas and hopes and trying to make them come true. He set up rallies so others would not have to die in a war that they would not win.
The American dream, as defined by Merriam-Webster, is a happy way of living that is thought of by many Americans as something that can be achieved by anyone in the U.S. especially by working hard and becoming successful. The passage sees Richard Rodriguez describing a past Christmas experience. Rodriguez uses language and details about his siblings, parents, and himself to suggest the American dream of material success.
Jurgis Rudkus, the main character in The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, has a very rough journey when he moves to America from Lithuania. He faces many hardships and they're difficult for anyone to endure. Throughout the novel Jurgis is put through the justice/prison system multiple times, and each time he experienced something new, whether it be the unjust treatment he received, the food he was served, or even the condition of his cell and daily life there.
A muckraker is what is considered today an investigative journalist. In Sinclair’s case, he is considered a muckraker because he “wanted to investigate the meat-packing industry” in order to write about the working class, especially the immigrants working in them. As he began his investigation, however, he discovered dirty and unhealthy conditions in a workplace with unsafe standards. The applicable theme would be Culture and Society (CUL) because although he speaks about the working class and work conditions, he focuses on society as a whole. He writes “The Jungle” to describe to them the dirty, “unhealthy conditions, and general absence of meaningful safety standards in the workplace”. It is centered around the ideas and beliefs of proper work and health conditions.
Into The Wild is a book whose setting creates the theme of isolation through setting, mood, and character. The theme becomes ironic when the thing the main character was seeking turns out to be the source of his death. Chris McCandless was just a kid that had just graduated high school in 1990. Growing up in his town he wanted more, he wanted to be out on his own. Chris decided that he was going to isolate himself from the rest of the world, so he decided to start hitchhiking. He traveled all around the United States for two years, and he finally thought going to Alaska would be the best thing for him because it's the most isolated place that he could think of. This turns out to be a fatal mistake of the character.
When Jurgis is told what happened to his wife, he quickly becomes triggered. He marches up to where Ona works and, “beats Ona’s boss Connor. Connor has raped Jurgis’s wife Ona”( Mark Bracher 147). After a few weeks, Ona realizes she is pregnant. Later in her pregnancy she becomes very ill. Soon after, she dies along with her baby. Suddenly Jurgis comes into realization with what is happening. Matthew Morris writes, “Jurgis comes to see and comprehend the class system that has destroyed everyone he cared about, and to join the fight to change that system” that has made him lose his job and lead to his wife’s death (5). Jurgis decides to join a rebellion to protest the mistreatment of immigrants. Jurgis becomes very involved in his rebellion after he is fired and has a lot of free time. Sinclair writes, “These midnight hours were fateful to Jurgis; in them was the beginning of his rebellion, of his outlawing and his unbelief” to the things that have happened to him since he arrived in America (167).Jurgis gets himself into prison by trying to stand up for himself and his wife when matters are taken out of
6 million human beings. Out of those 6 million people Elizer Wiesel survived the attempted extermination of his people. Elizer suffered through severe hunger, countless beatings, and being taken away from his family. If I had to credit 3 reasons for Elizer being alive after all he endured it would be his father staying by his side, never losing hope, and his ability to understand the reality of situations.
In the beginning of The Jungle two immigrants named Ona and Jurgis move to Chicago, get married, and become a family. Throughout the novel the whole family goes through so much together. They were willing to do almost anything when it came down to money and living because they had already lost so much. In the novel The Jungle Jurgis and his family suffer and experience hardships the most traumatic areas were having the inability to provide for one another, poor living conditions, and horrible working conditions.
Jurgis was very committed to being the best he can be for the people whom depend upon him in the beginning of The Jungle. “I will work harder” (Sinclair 22). This is Jurgis’ driving motive. He is willing to do whatever it takes to take care of his family and Ona in particular. However, this definitely changes with the death of Ona and his son. “He must have a drink now and then, a drink for its own sake, and apart from the food that came with it.” (Sinclair 277). With his profession of a strikebreaker, he is expected to go out drinking with people and soon, that is what drives Jurgis. He lives to drink. After Jurgis returns from the country, he falls into a Socialist group and works at a Socialist populated hotel. “That he had a score of Socialist arguments chasing through his brain in the meantime did not interfere with this; on the contrary, Juris scrubbed the spittoons and polished the banisters all the more vehemently because at the same time he was wrestling inwardly with an imaginary recalcitrant” (Sinclair 318). With his new Socialist mind, Jurgis’ new motive to spread the superiority of Socialism to unknowing people. Socialism occupies his mind when he is resting and working. James Braddock is also very committed to his family in the beginning. He boxes to make money and provide a good life for his family. When the Depression hit,
In Sherman Alexie’s short story, “War Dances,” the narrator unravels in thoughts and takes us through events in his life. He picks up by speaking about a cockroach that ends up dying in his Kafka baggage from a trip to Los Angeles. The cockroach still appears many times throughout the story. The narrator spends quality time in the hospital with his father, who is recovering from surgery due to diabetes and alcoholism, all along the way while he, himself, discovers he might have a brain tumor, leading his right ear to talk about his father. Using a style of tragedy and care both incorporate together a symbolic story that would make even a plain reader feel touched, leading to the major occurrence of a theme of the importance of family.
The living conditions were controlled back then by tents and people could be evicted by their landlord. In The Jungle, Ona and Jurgis decided to buy a house and the cost would be 12 dollars a month. They eventually find out that they are renting the house. They were scammed by the owner of the houses and if they can not pay the rent they will be evicted from the house. The Corruption of living conditions were controlled by landlord and they could be throw out on the streets if they didn’t pay.
Do people belong? Often people feel like they do not belong that is often caused by a at home issue or bullying. In this story Gregor does not feel like he belongs because he is transformed into a bug. When he gets transformed into this bug his family is scared