The Jungle, written by Upton Sinclair, is an American novel based on Lithuanian immigrants, Jurgis Rudkus and his wife Ona, coming into the capitalistic city of Chicago to seek an American Dream. The novel is based upon commercial fiction, literary fiction, and lastly propaganda. Jurgis and his wife planned on living a happy life in Packingtown with a job to support their family, but it did not sound as easy as it seemed for the couple. During the beginning of the novel, Sinclair gives the reader a good reason to why coming into America was a great idea but things go downhill for Jurgis and his family. Losing his job and being spent in jail for numerous times declines his American Dream.
The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair is 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!” (Sinclair 31). Written as an indirect attack at the labor industry, the real driving force behind the popularity of the novel was that many readers could not fathom the truth behind the meat industry.
In summary, Sinclair’s the Jungle tackles problems about the capitalist system and uses instances of literary elements to connect two concepts, like animals in the Slaughterhouse and immigrants in the US, but these are not Sinclair’s primary concern. Upton Sinclair wrote the Jungle with a desire for money. This claim is proven by the overwhelming instances of impossible levels of misfortune, excessively gory imagery, and disturbing descriptions of the food you eat and how it’s truly prepared. The main character’s dad dies, then his wife, then his son, from drowning in mud, then his other family member gets eaten by rats. To have that many horrible things happen to one family is impossible.
Though both authors wrote based on their own personal experiences. Upton Sinclair went undercover as a worker in these factories and wrote of what he saw, while Jacob Riis went to tenements, wrote or took pictures of what he saw. These two authors were trying to create change. They knew that the workers and the poor living in these tenements couldn’t go anything. So who else to help besides the public?
Summary: The Jungle by Upton Sinclair begins with Jurgis’s and Ona’s wedding day at Chicago’s meat packing building. The beginning of the book is based on flashbacks for the couple, such as from when they meet in Lithuania to deciding to move to the United States in hopes of a better life. Not only does the newly wed couple decide to go but other family members decide to go too. Once they arrive to Chicago they realize that America is not exactly how they envisioned it to be. Not long after hunting for a job they all finally find one.
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.
The descriptions of The Jungle of Screaming Souls not only reflects on the horrors of the war, which has a strong presence on the novel, but it is also parallel to the journey that both the war and Kien goes through. The specific descriptions of the setting is personified, using words to imply suffering as well. Bao Ninh describes the transcendence of the war over the natural habitat. The stream is personified and Bao Ninh describes it as moaning, which indicates the suffering that it goes through after the battles of the war: ‘The stream moans, a desperate complaint mixing with distant faint jungle sounds, like an echo from another world’ (Page 2). This idea is continued where the stream is making ‘a
Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle is an American novel classic. This book provides a lens into the life of 20th century immigrants working in poor conditions throughout industrialization. Sinclair set out to expose the harsh conditions that these poor immigrants had to live in. By doing so, he wanted to show that not only was the meatpacking industry vile, but also wanted to show that capitalism doesn’t work. Sinclair thought that communism benefits everyone.
Genre: This book is in the genre of political and historical fiction, as it portrays the horrors of the meat-packing industry with a few fictional characters. Historical Context: Upton Sinclair was a muckraker, which meant he was a journalist who exposed the harsh societal norms
In the midst of modern life that rely on the advancement of science and technology today, there are still underdeveloped and isolated patterns of life in a community in the province of Jambi, namely children in the tribal community, which is better known as the stronghold of the tribe or the jungle. They still live in a way to move, use loincloth (clothing was minimal) and live far away from the general community. One appropriate solution is to change the lifestyle of the community of the jungle by means of a gradual or slow using the park's forests as a medium closest and most appropriate for the life of the jungle over the years, which aims to touch their lives in total, to understand their point of view it structural and cultural, so there is no intervention that burden them. Therefore, changes made radically and quickly, or the massive negative impacts caused them to feel intervened, and eventually