“The Jungle,” written by Upton Sinclair in 1906, describes how the life and challenges of immigrants in the United States affected their emotional and physical state, as well as relationships with others. The working class was contrasted to wealthy and powerful individuals who controlled numerous industries and activities in the community. The world was always divided into these two categories of people, those controlling the world and holding the majority of the power, and those being subjected to them. Sinclair succeeded to show this social gap by using the example of the meatpacking industry. He explained the terrible and unsafe working conditions workers in the US were subjected to and the increasing rate of corruption, which created the feeling of hopelessness among the working class.
Many impoverished people immigrated to America in hopes of achieving the American Dream but instead were faced with dangerous working conditions while the factory and corporation owners increased their wealth and profit by exploiting this cheap means of labor. Upton Sinclair succeeded to show the nature of the wage slavery occurring in America in the beginning of the twentieth century. People felt distressed and unimportant in the community because they were being used by the wealthy to generate capital leading the industry for the future success and efficacy in the market. Upton Sinclair was an American journalist who incorporated his personal research of the meatpacking industry conditions and people’s life, as well as the structure of the present business into the novel under analysis. Thus, real facts and data were incorporated into this literary work, which helps the audience to feel involved in the work and understand the overall atmosphere and treatment of the workers.
The purpose of the book was to show the danger and terrible working conditions of the poor workers in the meatpacking industry and also to show the extreme gap between poor and wealthy individuals living in the same country. Sinclair succeeded to convey these kind of messages to the general audience reading the book by highlighting the major social problems and concerns observed in America in the early beginning of the twentieth century. The book effectively conveyed this message through the previous research in this industry conducted by Sinclair as the role of the journalist.
Sinclair successfully highlighted and exposed the ills and problems of the community in this period of industrialization in attempt to attract people’s attention to the unhealthy practices in the meatpacking industry. The book had a great social impact resulting in personal and governmental response and regulations of various industries harming the community, environment and people’s health. The increasing sympathy for the working class in this writing surely resulted in the increasing support on the part of the working people trying to end poverty and industrial oppression in their community.
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