Name: Instructor: Course: Date: "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair Plot summary The protagonists of the novel are Jurgis Rudkus and Ona Lukoskaite, a married couple that has just emigrated from Lithuania to Chicago. The two hold a wedding feast in a bar at a part of Chicago called Packingtown…
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Jurgis is young and energetic; hence it does not take long for him to get a job, just like do Marija, Jonas and Teta, who are their close relatives. The family agrees to purchase a house, but this does not materialize since the deal is simply a swindle; there are too many hidden aspects of the agreement, and the house is poorly maintained and shoddy. Later, we learn that the family’s expenses are enhanced, which forces even Ona to seek employment. It is really difficult to land a job in Packingtown because the working conditions are very hard and unsafe. Besides, there is no disregard for workers’ safety in this region. Moreover, the immigrant community in Packingtown is exposed to corruption and crime, which extremely complicates life in the area. We are informed that Dede Antanas, the father of Jurgis, lands a job, but, this he achieves through corrupt means. Late, the old man succumbs to death since the job he got was too difficult for him (Bloom 25). Winter according to the author is the most dangerous period in Packington, and this even translates into the working conditions. For example, we are informed that the place that Jurgis works in brings risks into his life each time he goes for work. There are too many hardships as evidenced by various events in the novel. For example, Marija and Tamoszius are never able to marry due to financial difficulties. Later, Marija’s financial woes worsen since her factory closes down and she later loses her job. Jurgis is very stressed about these living conditions of his family members, which prompts him to join a union. It is at this union that Jurgis starts to get enlightened concerning corruption, fraud and bribery, three vices that make sure that Packingtown is able to conduct its affairs. Jurgis wants to improve his family woes very much to the point of starting to learn English. At Packingtown, it was easier to adjust to life if one was conversant with English since it was the language that was used by most people (Bloom 37). From the tale, we learn that, Jurgis’ family members face extreme hardships as they try to settle in Packingtown permanently. We learn that Marija is fired from her job even after regaining it later, Ona gets pregnant and as a result, her job becomes an extremely difficult affair. Later, Ona gives birth to a boy who is named Antanas, in memory of Jurgis’s late father. Her bosses do not even sympathize with her situation since they compel her to resume working after just seven days of leave. Many mishaps in this region have ensured that families are easily ruined. For example, when Jurgis is injured, he is bedridden for a period of three months, unable to perform any work. His accident had been caused by poor working conditions at the factory, but, the factory does not consider this. Instead, they scrap him off from the pay list. Jonas is unable to put up with this misery, hence he runs away from the family without ever informing anyone of his actions. The family’s problems are compounded because the youngest child of Teta passes on from poisoning. Jurgis does not give up at this point; and instead he takes a very long time trying to look for a job. He is so frustrated that he decides to take up a job in a fertilizer plant that is close to his home. He is forced to do this since he feels
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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.
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.
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).
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.
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