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A novel that would involve the real aspects of the meat packing yards in Chicago and the resulting ramifications for those involved. A novel that would not only seek to inform but ideally, educate in the same breath and influence the thoughts of those reading the material for themselves. In essence, the book itself would have an impact upon the issue that it was trying to address. In the quest for change to occur, it remains up to anyone concerned, however many that may be, to take the first step toward the implementation of a plan that would lead to the positive change desired.
Going to the highest levels of the political echelon, ‘The Jungle’ would ultimately motivate then President Theodore Roosevelt, to move forward with a closer examination of the unhealthy conditions within the industry that Sinclair mentions in his book. One of the most personal choices an individual may make would be the food they chose to eat each evening. The message within ‘The Jungle’, would ultimately resonate with readers in that, with the horrible conditions being present that ultimately, would place into question the reliability of the very beef that so many eat frequently. Often times, political activists are those who seek to argue issues that are of present concern, with potential implications for the future.
The characters mentioned within the pages of Sinclair’s work, would take on the appearance of average, everyday workers and families, seeking to make a living and support their families. How those who worked for many years in the stock yards, would take a different view to the work, in comparison to those that would have only been a part of the job for a shorter period of time. The sense of feeling as if the individual person would be invincible of discontent as a result of the work being performed, in the mind of those who would be new to the
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Looking at how Flippеr and Angiе’s rеspеctivе support systеms (and sociеty) rеact to thеir rеlationship involvеs thе еxamination of in-group and out-group mеntality, prеjudicе, and discrimination. Prеjudicе is a nеgativеly attributеd cultural manifеstation that associatеs in-group charactеristics with positivе attributions and out-group charactеristics with thеir convеrsе.
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).
Told through the eyes of a Lithuanian immigrant, The Jungle is shown to be accurate. This is shown through the descriptions provided by individuals who lived in society during this time and also through a report made to President Roosevelt about the Chicago meatpacking industry, which confirmed what Sinclair was stating in his novel.
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 book was written early 20th century. It is very relevant to this case as the creation of this book led the Americans to know where camp to go with and whom to trust with in terms of electing the right leader to man the nation.
The author might have experienced such in the past which led him to right something like this.
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,
Sinclair does this to make it clear that this is a family just like every family in America and has just as much right to ‘the pursuit of happiness’ as everyone who lives in this country. Ona’s death and the death of their