This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

The Jungle Essay

1342 words - 5 pages

The Jungle The beginning of the 20th century saw an influx of immigrants arriving in the U.S.These people coming from mainly throughout Europe had hope to escape their ill lives back home and prosper in the richness that America had to offer. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair was considered his greatest achievement as an author. He depicted the trials and tribulations of a Lithuanian family as they try to achieve the "American Dream." Upton Sinclair's book was a reflection of a capitalistic society in which promotes greed, corruption and ruthless competition as a way of life. Sinclair also details how capitalism exploits the working class and drains them for their resources. Ironically, these workers could not escape capitalism because they lived to depend on it. Furthermore, Sinclair had hoped to spread the ideas of Socialism and in turn would rid the capitalistic system, which enslaved them. Upton Sinclair uses the novel as propaganda for Socialism rather than to tell a story. The Jungle has a variety of characters is which Sinclair uses to carry out his messages. However, through the eyes of one main character, Jurgis Rudkus, we see the evils of the capitalistic system and how it affects his family as well as their aspirations. When Jurgis arrives in Packingtown, a city in Chicago, he easily gets a job because of his size and his strength. Eventually, he begins to learn about the unsanitary conditions in the plants as well as how merciless the employers are to exploit their workers. This is where his education about the capitalistic system and how it functions with society begins. According to Sinclair, a capitalistic society values money as more important than the individual. The employers eliminated any obsolete worker that is not up to their expectations to further increase their profits. There was incredible danger the workers put themselves through just to earn a living without any sympathy from these greedy, money hungry employers. Workers are over worked because speed is an essential for working in the plants. They do not get any compensation for injuries or illnesses that occur from work and eventually they are laid off. They were easily disposed of because there were hundreds of other healthy and fit individuals readily and willingly to take their place. These workers were not paid enough for the abuse that they endured from work. For instance, when Jurgis had no choice but to work at the fertilizer plant at Durham's, where waste products such as bone and blood are made into sellable products, the smells there make working conditions intolerable. When the waste products are grounded into fertilizer, the dust covers Jurgis which cause him to suffer headaches and dizziness, but continues to work to support the family. Furthermore, employers only paid for a full hour and anything less would not be accepted. The early 20th century saw a government and the idea of "laissez-faire" ideals being practiced. The...

Find Another Essay On The Jungle

The Jungle Essay

1736 words - 7 pages “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 Jungle Essay

510 words - 2 pages the lives of the immgrants. This made the poor do evil things that they normally not do if society wasn't so cruel.The poor immgarnts during the Gilded age didn't truly have a voice until Upton Sinclair. He wrote The Jungle with the intentions of showing the nation what senerios Immgrant families had to go through. "Their sacrifices in the beginning, their three hundred dollars that they had scraped together, all they owned in this world, all that stood between them and starvation!" Sinclair understood all the hardships Immgrants had to face just to get to America and how much harder it was for them to survive here.

The Jungle

868 words - 3 pages The Jungle was written by Upton Sinclair was written to expose what the citizens of the united states should know but had been left in the dark about during the industrialization period. Sinclair was a muckraker during the early 1900?s and along with many others wrote to get a new food and drug bill entered to the senate. People like Sinclair were very influential to America?s citizens. Without muckrakers like Sinclair citizens often times

The Jungle Book

598 words - 2 pages The Jungle BookLaw of the JungleIn "The Jungle Book" the law of the jungle is a code that all the animals live by. The law of the jungle is defined as "the code of survival in jungle life, now usually with reference to the superiority of brute force or self-interest in the struggle for survival" (The Oxford Dictionary). Everyone has heard the different sayings such as, "every man for himself," "survival of the fittest," "dog eat dog," and "eat

The Jungle Analysis Paper

642 words - 3 pages The Jungle Analysis Paper      America, by the turn of the twentieth century, was regarded as the “Land of Opportunity,” and lured thousands of immigrants. The foreigners that fled to the United States were in search of new lives; better lives. America was at the age of industrialization, and the economy was shifting from agriculture to factories. There were jobs in the factories available to un-skilled workers

The American Jungle

1081 words - 5 pages Dream is Upton Sinclair’s book, “The Jungle”. Sinclair uses the struggles of a family of working class Lithuanian immigrants to expose the hypocrisy of the American Dream and early American capitalism. Comparing the stark differences between the Epic of America by Adams and The Jungle by Sinclair, we fine that there is a great difference between the portrayals of the American Dream. Upton Sinclair uses the evils of capitalism as the main theme of

Theme of The Jungle

1234 words - 5 pages In the book The Jungle by Upton Sinclair; this was first published by Fine Creative Media Inc. in 1906 (edition I read was published in 2003) it discuses life as an immigrant and how immigrants foresaw the American dream and how they tired to achieve it. There where many themes for the book. The theme that I took was most important was that life on the other side is not always better then what one has. This theme can be shown many different

Socialism in The Jungle

1486 words - 6 pages Socialism in The Jungle The Rudkus family arrived from Lithuania to find Chicago as "a city in which justice and honor, women's bodies and men's souls, were for sale in the marketplace, and human beings writhed and fought and fell upon each other like wolves in the pit, in which lusts were raging fires, and men were fuel, and humanity was festering and stewing and wallowing in its own corruption." (Pg.165) The city, during the time span

Upton Sinclair's The Jungle

1142 words - 5 pages Upton Sinclair's The Jungle Jurgis Rudkus and Ona Lukoszaite open the novel of The Jungle with a celebration of their wedding. The opening of the book highlights the best time that Jurgis and Ona will ever again experience during their stay in America. Jurgis is convinced that he can accomplish the American Dream, gaining prosperity from hard work and dedication. However, as the novel progresses, we soon see that this dream that Jurgis had

Jurgis in The Jungle

1005 words - 4 pages In The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair, Jurgis is the most complex character throughout the novel. He demonstrates many characteristics that sets him aside from the other characters and also utilizes the title of villain. He is not necessarily an evil man by nature, but does portray an evil life by existence. In the beginning, Jurgis was a man of great muscles and strength. “…and he was young, and a giant besides. There was too much health in him

the jungle essay

1304 words - 6 pages The Jungle, a novel by Upton Sinclair, deals with many issues that went on during the early 1900’s. During this time the unemployment was very high, working conditions were awful, wages were low and crime was high. It was not an easy time to be living in America, even though “The American Dream” was on the minds of every immigrant coming to America. In the novel, Jurgis Rudkus and Ona Lukoszaite immigrate to America from Lithuania. They went to

Similar Essays

The Jungle Essay

629 words - 3 pages The Jungle In Upton Sinclair’s novel The Jungle not only symbolized an era where dirt and filth ran rampant in meat packing industry, but it also exposed people to the natural human desire of greed, power, and corruptions. This in turn was a socialist transformation itself. Sinclair also provides the meaning to the phrase “wage slavery” in different ways. In the novel Sinclair tells a story about a man name Jurgis, a Lithuanian

The Jungle Essay

777 words - 3 pages The Jungle by Upton Sinclair Upton Sinclair's The Jungle is the tale of a Lithuanian immigrant, Jurgis Rudkus, and his family. Jurgis and his family move to the United States in the middle of the Industrial Revolution, only to find themselves ill-equipped for the transition in the workplace and in society in general. Jurgis faces countless social injustices, and through a series of such interactions, the theme of the book is revealed: the

The Jungle Essay 1434 Words

1434 words - 6 pages was on this notion of reform, and "˜response to industrialization and its social by-products,' that Upton Sinclair's The Jungle took hold of the American sentiment and turned it inside out. Whether one wants to categorize Sinclair's Jungle as muckraking, propaganda, or both, the effect the Jungle had on social perspective must be acknowledged. Acting a vehicle for socialistic rhetoric, The Jungle, both in story, and in history was able to

The Jungle Essay

1110 words - 4 pages Chicago that Sinclair found the setting of the book that would bring him to fame. He first won recognition by the jungle in 1906. This book is a powerful realistic study of social conditions in the stockyards and packing plants of Chicago. It aided in the passing of pure food laws.      This novel illustrates how greed and ruthless competition has made the turn of the century into a ruthless jungle. “Take or be Taken” was