Sinclair's Attitude Towards The Working Woman?

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Above the surface, this quote is your classic, stereotypical “husband-and-wife” comparision- the wife, Ona, is described as ethereal, innocent, and undersized, while Jurgis, the husband, is described as forceful, muscular, and invincible. However when you further analyze the quote, it’s obvious to see that Sinclair paralleled the couple’s description to their relationship. Throughout the novel, Jurgis insisted that he would “work harder” and compensate for Ona’s lack of financial contribution, while Ona was urged to stay at home. Nonetheless when Ona did pursue work, she was seen as vulnerable and pitiful- ultimately being abused and raped by her boss Phil Connor. I often wondered what was Sinclair’s attitude toward the working woman? From
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