Consequences Of Socialism In Upton Sinclair's The Jungle

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Upton Sinclair’s classic novel, The Jungle, strongly illustrates the negative consequences of capitalism through the harsh conditions immigrants faced living in America in the early 1900’s. In the novel, the reader is introduced to Jurgis Rudkus and his family who emigrated from Lithuania to the States in hope for a better future. Although many issues arose in the novel,
Upton Sinclair’s overall purpose was to show that socialism was the best remedy to mending the issues that existed at the time that were caused by capitalism.
To begin with, Jurgis Rudkus, as many immigrants, believed in the “American Dream” and the “Land of Opportunity” would provide his family with a job that pays well enough to keep his family stable and a home they can be protected under. He was not quick to question what America could do for immigrants like him, for he has great faith that capitalism could solve his family's issues. Jurgis is very contented to migrate to a capitalist country as he says, “to be given a place in it and a share in its wonderful activities was a blessing to be grateful for, as one was grateful for the sunshine and the rain” (Sinclair __). However, his beliefs were far from reality. This country was going to bring bankers, realtors, and employers who would take advantage of their situations and living status.
Because Jurgis and his family suffered financially, people seemed to use this to their advantage.
One day, Jurgis finds a sign that advertises four-room homes for fifteen hundred dollars and is eager to show his family and insists on buying one instead of renting. Ona, her stepmother Teta Elzbieta, and her cousin Marija Berczynskas then meet with the agent who is selling the houses and tells them the company is about to close down so they must quickly make a decision. One realizes they can afford to pay the downpayment of three hundred dollars and the monthly payment of twelve dollars. They are first deceived when a Lithuanian lawyer reads over the contract to the house they are going to buy. The lawyer mentions how the document is legitimate, but does not mention how it'll sooner or later lead to them losing the house. After signing the contract, the family is a little disappointed with how the house
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