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The Jungle Jurgis Descriptive Essay

Essay on The American Dream in The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, Jr.

967 Words4 Pages

Muckraking, “to search for and expose real or alleged corruption, scandal, or the like, especially in politics” (dictionary.com). Upton Sinclair gained fame in the early 1900’s from his muckraking novel, The Jungle, describing the life of a young Lithuanian immigrant, Jurgis, living in Chicago in pursuit of the American dream. Jurgis found out that America isn’t as good as it appeared; with higher wages came more expensive goods, and with cheaper houses came higher interest rates. The Jungle, a fictional novel, tells of the real horrors of working in a Chicago meat packing factory. Sinclair had gone undercover, in a meat factory, for seven weeks to gain the information necessary to write the book. Throughout the novel, there are hints of…show more content…

Muckraking, “to search for and expose real or alleged corruption, scandal, or the like, especially in politics” (dictionary.com). Upton Sinclair gained fame in the early 1900’s from his muckraking novel, The Jungle, describing the life of a young Lithuanian immigrant, Jurgis, living in Chicago in pursuit of the American dream. Jurgis found out that America isn’t as good as it appeared; with higher wages came more expensive goods, and with cheaper houses came higher interest rates. The Jungle, a fictional novel, tells of the real horrors of working in a Chicago meat packing factory. Sinclair had gone undercover, in a meat factory, for seven weeks to gain the information necessary to write the book. Throughout the novel, there are hints of Sinclair’s belief in Socialism.

“Still, Upton Sinclair wasn't aiming for food safety; he was aiming for social safety. He wanted to change the structure of American society so that even poor immigrants are protected from gross exploitation and oppression.” (Shmoop.com) The writer of this article believed that Sinclair did not necessarily want to make the food standards higher, but instead wanted the government to help the working class have a chance. The article goes on to provide a modern example of the difficulty the working class faces, “All we have to do is look at the BP Deep Horizon oil rig that polluted the Gulf of Mexico to see that industrial accidents and pollution haven't gone away. And many federal judges already have ties to

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Jurgis Rudkus as a Dynamic Character in Upton Sinclair's the Jungle

2045 WordsJan 17th, 20079 Pages

The Jungle (1906), by Upton Sinclair, is a story mainly about the life and turmoil of a man who came to American in hopes that he will become a free, rich man with a beautiful wife, Ona, and happy family; this man is the young Jurgis Rudkus, a strong, energetic Lithuanian whose personality and life are all changed several times over the coarse of the story. Major— usually tragic— events that occur in the story serve as catalysts for Jurgis's dramatic, almost upsetting, transformations. There were four major turning points in Jurgis's life: after he loses his job and is forced to work at a fertilizer mill; when he loses his wife and children; when he is incorporated into the criminal and political underworlds; and when he picks his life…show more content…

"[The] joy of the unbound life" (215), appealed to Jurgis greatly, but his conscience was not the ‘yelling-at-you' type, and so when Jurgis was wasting a large sum of money, that he had earned from two weeks of work, on drinks and women, his conscience just sat in the sidelines helpless until the party was over, and it could do its job. His recent actions would have appalled the Jurgis that first came to America, with his idealistic virtues, seemingly flawless personality, and strong happy family— but this Jurgis was lost. In his situation, most would have lost all hope, possibly committing suicide, and would have not seen that most everyone gets a second chance, and he had to be sent to jail again to receive it.
After leaving jail, Jurgis had the opportunity to become incorporated into a life of thievery, with a man he met the first time he was in jail, Jack Duane, and together the two partners robbed people of money and jewelry, and soon it bothered Jurgis not to see a man harmed after he was mugged by the pair. "A month ago Jurgis had all but perished of

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