Poverty And Symbolism InThe Jungle, By Upton Sinclair

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In 1906 Upton Sinclair published a novel named The Jungle, which is a story of Jurgis Rudkus and his family. They are Lithuanian immigrants coming to America for a better life in the meatpacking industry of Packingtown, Chicago. It shows how much people can change in life just to survive and show how families in that time of the gilded age are living and the difficulties they face. They will face struggles in their lives such as in harsh and dangerous working situations and conditions, poverty and starvation, unloyal lying businessmen who take the money that they have earned for their families and corrupt politicians who have created laws that allow the men to take the money they have earned. Upton Sinclair said that “I aimed for the public’s heart, And… hit it in the stomach.” He’s talking about that when he wrote this novel he was to talk about the poverty and darwinism from that era but people just noticed how the conditions of the food was that they were eating and how awful it was. Upton Sinclair uses metaphors, imagery and symbolism in his novel The Jungle to portray the struggles of working in a capitalist economy. By stating the descriptions of the horrid way of the Packingtown could be in vivid details and using objects and feelings in the characters everyday lives and representing their pain throughout the story, he engages in Jurgis’ family battle they have in order to survive in a awful society where capitalism destroys their physical and mental states in life.

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