In the novel, “The Jungle” by Upton Sinclair, Jurgis Rudkus plays an important role. Jurgis goes on a journey with his wife to a new country looking for a job and ends up losing more than he ever thought he could lose. The character, Jurgis Rudkus, is a strong willed man who faces many difficult situations on his journey to find a job and to reunite with his in laws.
“Spend a little more time trying to make something of yourself and a little less time trying to impress people.” – The Breakfast Club This is only one of the well-loved quotes from director John Hughes’s 1985 classic “The Breakfast Club”. It’s a film that follows a story where five different teenagers have been sentenced to a Saturday in detention. The five main characters represent typical stereotypes in a high school environment. Coming into detention, they are expected to write an essay about “who they think they are”; but during this film, we come to see that each character has a deeper struggle than what can be seen during school.
The Jungle is a story that teaches people about the history of the meatpacking industry and how poor the working conditions were. The story follows Jurgis Rudkus and his newlywed wife Ona Lukoszaite; moreso Jurgis’s story and how his life turns out in America. Neither Jurgis nor Ona originated in America. Jurgis seems to go through problem after problem in the story, and that is the theme of the story. The story teaches great history on how the United State’s industries used to be.
Erika Rackley’s Representations of the (woman) judge: Hercules, the little mermaid, and the vain and naked Emperor is a 2002 article that explores the position of the woman judge. The main argument of the work is that the marginalization of women in the judiciary comes as a result of the “Hercules” stereotype of a legal authority. It is fair to say that while the work is not an enlightening one, it stimulates the reader to ask important questions about the nature of the legal system. The article begins with figures on the presence of women in the judiciary and then addresses the reasons for underrepresentation. The author successfully links three different fairy tales to convey the image of a “hostile legal culture” in which both the woman
The term, “Welfare Queen”, stemmed from Ronald Reagan's campaign to put an end to women in particular, who abuse the welfare system. A Welfare Queen “has emerged from a long and deeply racialized history of suspicion of and resentment toward families receiving welfare in the United States” (Black and Sprague 2). In Season two of Orange is the New Black, we are introduced to a new character named Vee. Before being placed at Litchfield Prison, she was a foster mother to Taystee and her brother RJ. Throughout this season Vee is questioned if she abuses the welfare system and fits the title “welfare queen” by cheating the system.
Yo soy Latina. Born and raised in the United States with Peruvian and Uruguayan roots, a first generation college student and fluent bilingual speaker. I take pride in my Latina roots; they’ve shaped my personality, ideals, and opinions tremendously. Looking on the outside, I have that curvy body, long dark wavy hair, brown eyes; it is the typical Latina look that can be easily identified. That look that can put an actress in a “box”.
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, is set in Chicago in the early 1900’s, during the height of social reform known as the Progressive era. The population of Chicago had grown substantially, from 29,000 in 1850 to 1.7million in 1900, due to the influx of immigrants in search of the “American dream”. America was the destination of all in search of freedom, equality and higher wages. The dream promised success in exchange for hard work, determination and morality. The reality was that the “American dream” was just an illusion.
The main idea of, “Parents Go to Jail” is that many parents go to jail because they lie to give them a better education to get them somewhere in life. As much sacrafice as it takes the parents will do what has to be done to help their children succed in life. In the article “Parents Go to Jail”, it states that parents are only allowed to send there children to schools in the neighborhood and not to anyother school outside the neighborhood. In the article it states that in Michigan ,”parents can be jailed for up to 20 days,and in Oklahoma,the sentance maybe up to a year”.
Feminist literary criticism is a direct product of the 1960s ‘women’s movement’, recognising the ‘significance of the images of women that are promulgated by literature’ (Barry, 116). Feminist critics see it as vital to challenge such portrayals – particularly in relation to aspects of ‘conditioning’ and ‘socialisation’, and what is considered an ‘acceptable version of the ‘feminine’ (Barry, 117). Gilbert and Gubar’s “A Dialogue of Self and Soul: Plain Jane’s Progress” offers a provocative critique, employing the character of Bertha Mason and her entrapment in the attic at Thornfield as an emblematic approach to the repression of omnipresent patriarchal standards of Victorian Society. Portrayed as the ‘truest and darkest double’ (360) to the novel’s protagonist, Bertha becomes a manifestation the thoughts and feelings that Jane feels she must subdue.
First Generations: Women of Colonial America, written by Carol Berkin, is a novel that took ten years to make. Carol Berkin received her B.A. from Barnard College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. She has worked as a consultant on PBS and History Channel documentaries. Berkin has written several books on the topic of women in America. Some of her publications include: Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for America's Independence (2004) and Civil War Wives: The Life and Times of Angelina Grimke Weld, Varina Howell Davis, and Julia Dent Grant (2009).