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For example, he lost his job after an injury he got from a work accident. Ona, Rudkus wife, also explains that she was raped by her boss.
The major opinion of Upton Sinclair in his book The Jungle is that workers, especially immigrants, were exploited at the workplace by their employers. The author uses Jurgis in his book to explain experiences where capitalism operates without checks or balances. To get the extra profit; workers are killed due to workplace accidents, meat inspectors are bribed, wastes are deposited into public water system, and workers get sick due to workplace infection. My opinion is that all workers should be protected from exploitation of any form at the workplace. The government should put in place proper legislations to ensure this; for example, the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970.
One of the values of the author is that he believes in socialism which creates fairness and equity. He stresses that socialism is the only idea that can right all the wrongs of capitalism. Socialism is just because it ensures each and every person benefits. The main character Jurgis believes that a social political system is capable of achieving dignity, respect and humanity of the previously exploited immigrants and working class. The profits that capitalists make should be used to; improve the working conditions, compensate workers adequately and assist in community development projects. The author’s values conflict with mine because I prefer capitalism. People should strive to create wealth by starting enterprises which earns profits; however part of the profit should be allocated to improving working conditions of workers, and also improving the welfare of the surrounding community and workers. Distribution of profits ensures fairness to both workers and employer.
The Jungle reminds me of other texts which support social justice, equity and fairness. For example, the Dragon’s Teeth authored by Upton Sinclair
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Upton Sinclair, one of the most influential writers of his time, wrote the novel “The Jungle” in the year 1906. Sinclair’s main purpose in this novel was to explain and portray the life of the immigrants in the United States of America. Immigrants from Northern Europe moved to live in American.
The study leads to the conclusion that the novel is a masterpiece of English literature, which leaves a sound impact on the reader. Upton Sinclair has brought the hideous face of the capitalism as it existed in the early twentieth century; however, the truths woven in the text have associations even in the contemporary settings.
Rudkus and Lukoskaite represent many people who have migrated to Chicago in search of better employment opportunities and a good life. However, the irony is that, Packington is an area in Chicago that is dangerous, difficult to find a job and filthy. The couple realizes that in America, one needs to work extremely hard in order to transform their lifestyle contrary to the stories they had in Lithuania that America is a land of opportunities (Bloom 12).
Through this novel, Sinclair managed to highlight how capitalists exploited immigrants who were compelled to work under deplorable conditions. The claims that were documented in the novel sparked widespread public fury, which became instrumental in the formulation and implementation of Pure Food and Drug Act in 1906 (Bloom 20).
He says that the two classes, one the elite class and the other wage-workers, are so separated from their ideals and life to each other that the two classes are separated from each other by two cliffs on the far side with no bridge between them and no way to understand the lives of each other.
The society is extensive, making the problems take various forms and assume diverse variables. The challenges presented by industrialization require collective responsibility to attain appropriate solutions (Lipset and Bendix 203). Consequently, it is necessary to focus on industrialization, negligence, ignorance, negative impacts of industrialization and solutions.
Sinclair explores, in detail, the disgust and corrupt conditions of urban immigrant families of the early 1900s.
The plot centers on an immigrant family that has come from Lithuania to make a better life in America. Jurgis Rudkus, the head of the family, realizes pretty quickly that America is not the land of opportunity.
This was known as the Progressive Era in American history from 1900 to 1920, where the country was forced to deal with the problems that were created by industrialization and the creation of urban centers characterized by overcrowding,
As the plot of the novel progresses, the purpose of the author in writing the book becomes more distinguishable. The readers are able to note the arguments and their effectiveness and impact on the minds of the readers depends upon the presentation of facts, hitherto not