The Misconceptions Of The Jungle By Upton Sinclair Essay

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     Upton Sinclair had always insisted that The Jungle was misread but did he ever think it could have been miswritten? The style of writing is not effective when addressing issues in a capitalistic society but proves to be very effective when exposing the secrets of the meatpacking industry. The novel is not remembered for being a classic work in literature but rather an important book in history in that it changed the way America looked at food in the early part of the century.

     Sinclair loses his argument for Socialism at around the time when the characters in the book lose their humanity. The multitude of unfortunate situations and events makes the story more and more
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“There should be no more tears and no more tenderness; he had had enough of them-- they sold him into slavery!” (212) This is the beginning of Jurgis’ socialist way of thinking and it seems ideal for him, but at the same time, it seems like a last resort for someone so unfortunate that they are actually removed from a human society. Not many know how to feel for Jurgis at this point. This is more than most can handle. In novels where a main character dies, a great deal of empathy is felt but when another dies and yet another, it just seems like there isn’t enough emotion left to give. The question is not if Jurgis’ emotions are justified but if his emotions are humanly attainable. That is the question that destroys Sinclair’s Socialist argument.

As Sinclair’s standpoint for Socialism proves not to be as convincing as what was hoped, the style of writing proves to be successful in exposing the truth of the meatpacking industry. A combination of the reporter-style third person narrative and the abundance of factual information dug up by Sinclair gives the book the shocking reputation that it has earned. “To this part of the yard [the fertilizer room] came all the ‘tankage’ and the waste products of all sorts; her they dried out the bones,--and in suffocating cellars where the daylight never came you might see men and women and children bending over whirling machines and sawing bits of bone into all