The Jungle Book by Upton Sinclair

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The Jungle by Upton Sinclair exemplifies a muckraking style in its often gory depictions of life in a meat packing factory, Sinclair writes of how the meat packing industry exploits its workers, many of whom are uneducated and poor in the same way a capitalist government exploits it's working class. Sinclair uses Symbolism in terms of physical objects, Objects that serve a metaphorical purpose, and oppressive tone, to persuade the reader that Capitalism leads to the declination and corruption of America and that the only way to remedy this is socialistic government. Among the few things in The Jungle that is referred to a symbol is the family house. The house is a symbolic object represents the hopes and dreams that Jurgis and his …show more content…
He views this as the way American capitalism has an attractive exterior to the incoming immigrants, but in reality is as corrupt and rotten as the meat they [Americans] sell. The slaughterhouses of The Jungle are not just convenient targets for Sinclair to expose to the public. They also serve as a larger metaphor for how American business treats its laborers, by luring them into unsafe working conditions and then consuming their dedication and strength just as they did to the livestock. In the novel, Sinclair blames the mechanisms of capitalism on the tricks that the meatpackers use to sell spoiled and contaminated meat. In an effort to squeeze every dime that they can out of the meat packing process, the packers encourage short cuts and unsanitary conditions in order to avoid wasting money. The workers are so abused themselves by the system that they do not have the power to change the conditions of the factories, this causes the audience to empathize with the workers, empathy (and disgust) is what triggered the major response of the public after this novel was published.

Sinclair starts an oppressive or an unsettling tone very early in the novel when Jurgis is getting a tour of the meat packing factory and narrows into a very specific incident: "These people could not be shown to the visitor – for the odor of the fertilizer man would scare

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