There was so much pressure to keep their jobs that workers would comply to working the hazardous machines. Even the best worker is prone to make mistakes, but for the workers operating these machines making a mistake was disastrous. This was the price the workers had to pay to make a living, they had to gamble their own life in order to make low wages that could not even support their own
Upton Sinclair wrote The Jungle in order to improve worker conditions as well as sanitation in factories. Today, there has been little to none improvement in these fields, as exposed by the video Food Inc. Comparatively, The Jungle and Food Inc. demonstrate how America’s food sanitation and worker conditions have not changed substantially over the century separating them.
Sinclair was a socialist and was presented with an offer to expose the meat packing industry by a fellow socialist, he accepted the offer. The Jungle projects love, crime, and hardship while Sinclair upholds the deal to expose the meatpacking industry. Chicago, during the industrialization is the setting of this particular novel. Two immigrants from Luthainia
Low wages, long hours, and no concern for the public mean more money in anyone’s pocket. The early 1900’s was a story of mistreatment in meatpacking companies all across Chicago. The secrets held by means of the owners of these companies were outrageous and deadly. Until a hero of sorts had the guts to spill all the dark secrets held inside the walls of all those companies, the consumers knew what they were eating. Upton Sinclair, author of The Jungle, brought to light all the wrongdoings of the meatpacking industry’s secrets and lies.
The Cruel Conditions of A Jungle Upton Sinclair’s novel The Jungle, introduces Jurgis Rudkus, a Lithuanian immigrant who enters America with his wife Ona. Jurgis is a strong individual who is eager to learn more about the American dream, but the miserable working and living conditions in Packingtown starts to make an impact in his life that will cause him to struggle in supporting his family. Firstly, this story takes place in the twentieth century, and depicts a Lithuanian family who decides to move to Chicago trying to find a better life.
In the novel, The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair, the author uses events and things that occur as a metaphor or a symbolic meaning. Although, the meanings of these metaphors and symbols are not directly stated, as a reader, it's very easy to interpret them as the story continues on and the plot deepens. One of the events in the story that has another meaning behind it is the opening scene of the novel. This is where we are introduced to some of the characters, the setting, and it is our first glimpse of the plot and where it truly all begins. The opening scene of the novel is Jurgis Rudkis and Ona Lukoszaite's traditional Lithuanian wedding feast, although they are very young.
In addition, Sinclair took many of his ideas for the plot of The Jungle from real-life events such as the 1904 meat-packing strike in Chicago, and from information he collected from firsthand experience in the stockyards. This personal touch to his writing, coupled with his ability to emotionally move the human heart, made his book a major success across the United States and all over the world. Still, as his writing style is considered to be simple, many literary critics disapprove of the abundant acclaim this novel has received. Sinclair himself also disapproved of his novel’s reception, as it led to changes in the sanitation of the food industry instead of in worker’s rights. Still, no one can doubt the impact Sinclair had on the state of American industry.
Nonetheless, Sinclair uses a large amount of symbolism to get his point across. The gruesome slaughter of the animals reflects on the struggles of the family and is reminiscent of how their superiors treat them. The canned meat symbolizes the corruption of capitalism and its attraction to immigrants. The cans look shiny and appetizing from the outside, but hold disgusting meat on the inside, which is similar to the expectations and reality of the family’s living situation. It is also similar to the animals on the inside of the can.
The Jungle is one of the best-known pieces of the muckraker movement. The novel is responsible for bringing the working and sanitary conditions of Chicago's slaughterhouses to light. The jungle a brilliant story that bring to light a lot of the trues people didn't consider. It show that the working conditions for the immigrants and their living condition to ;as well as the condition of the food the people are eating. Americans were horrified to learn about the terrible conditions which their meat products were packed and were disgusted that rotten and diseased meat was sold without consideration for public health.
The novel is a vivd depiction of the struggles of a Lithuanian immigrant family in Chicago, as they try to make a living in the meatpacking industry. A key element in being “American” and an immigrant is having to be dedicated and persistent. Looking past the hardships at the moment, but to see what will come in the future when all of the hard work is done. According to Lynn Munro, writer of a literary criticism of The Jungle, “Jurgis personifies their defiance, constantly vowing to work harder and refusing to accept the systemic causes of his sufferings.
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 late 19th century and early 20th centuries, there were massive immigrants move into the United States, and most of them were from Europe. The protagonist, Jurgis Rudkus, like many other immigrants, have the “America Dream” which they believe America is heaven to them, where they can
In The Jungle, Upton Sinclair presents a wide range of corruption involving, blacklisting, political scams, and the mishandling of meat. During the early 20th century, immigrants in America were exposed to many forms of corruption. The Jungle is based in Packingtown, Chicago, a very crowded city. Here, lived an excess amount of very poor immigrants. As they were immigrants, they often did not realize they were taken advantage of until it was too late--if ever.
People in positions of authority were largely inflictors of poverty, because they took advantage of immigrants and their lack of familiarity with their surroundings, as well as paying them far less than was required for a decent lifestyle. Upton Sinclair’s book The Jungle depicted each of these issues with great detail and clarity, as well as many other issues that plagued immigrants. The book takes place in the Chicago Packingtown district, the heart of the meatpacking industry. This is a rough line of work to be in, and the lives of those immigrants who kept the industry afloat were often miserable.
In Upton Sinclair's The Jungle and Horatio Alger’s Ragged Dick differentiating versions and explorations of the American Dream are illustrated through the fictional lives of characters through syntax and imagery, with influences by historical context and the authors background. Horatio and Alger convey alternative realities of the dream, by conveying their character's journey to success, and the outcome they succumb to. The myth of American is exposed within the two in the hope that lives in both.
Subject: The Jungle mainly focuses on poor living conditions for the working class in 20th century Chicago. I learned how corrupt politics in this time period were, how gross the meatpacking industry used to be, and how hard immigrants had it when they came to America. This text is controversial because it gives suggestion that socialism is the better government system. This would split the sides into those for capitalism and those for socialism. Occasion: The Jungle was written in 1906 by Upton Sinclair.