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"The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair Report
Journalism & Communication
Pages 5 (1255 words)
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair The Jungle written by an American journalist Sinclair Upton and published in 1906 was a reflection of the inhuman practices and corruption of the American meatpacking industry during the early twentieth century. The story portrays the life of a Lithuanian immigrant Jugris Rudkus and his family.
This paper through the analysis of the novel focuses on the rise of socialism in America as a result of weakening family bond. The industrial revolution in the late 1750s was an era of technological changes that moved the focus from agriculture to the development of factories for production. During this time the general perception among writers was that industrial revolution along with capitalism was responsible for the deterioration of the working class. The wages were ridiculously low while working hours were long under unhealthy conditions. The extremely poor economic condition forced the women and children of the families to work in factories which destroyed their body and soul (Majewski, 1986). This is the general picture depicted by the book which major part focuses on the unhygienic conditions under which meat is processed and packed by sick or injured workers. It reflects the hopelessness of the working class which was enhanced by the corruption prevalent among those who were in power. The main story focuses on Jurgis Rudkus who settles in Packingtown, Chicago and works in the sordid environment of a meatpacking plant to maintain his family. The story started with his wedding and in the beginning everything seemed well as the wedding couple was young with dreams and hopes of having a successful life in America. ...
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