The Negative Effects Of The Family In Upton Sinclair's The Jungle?

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As of 2015, immigrants make up more than 43.3 percent of the United States population. By the early 1900s there were already more than 10 million immigrants living in America. Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle reveals the struggles and hardships of a family that immigrates to the United States from Lithuania during the 1900s. Although many immigrant families came to America in search of a better life, soon most found themselves barely surviving with no job, food, shelter, or money. As is the case of the family in The Jungle. The novel not only unveils the corruption of the political and economic system during the time, but also exposes the severe torment and misery that was faced by the working class. Upton Sinclair’s book, The Jungle, describes…show more content…
Once each man is finished dancing with the bride he is supposed to donate money to the bride and groom in order for them to pay the bills of the veselija and maybe have a little left over for them to start their like upon. Many of the guests at Jurgis and Ona’s veselija were poor and could not afford to contribute money to the newlyweds; most of the young men at the feast would come in to fill themselves with food and alcohol, dance with Ona, and quickly disappear without paying. A veselija is said to cost around three hundred dollars, and Jurgis and his family make no where close to that amount. Because of this, Ona grew very terrified of all the bills they could not pay and how much debt they would be in. At the end of the night, Jurgis tells Ona that she won't be going to Brown’s, a meatpacking factory where Ona worked. Ona tries to argue that her not going will ruin them, however Jurgis just replies saying that she should just leave it to him and that he will work harder and earn more money. In addition, The Jungle shines a light behind the economy and politics during the 1900s. Phil Connor, a meatpacking factory boss and a friend of Mike Scully, blackmailed Ona, who worked at his factory, to have sex with him. Connor told Ona threatened that if she didn’t agree or if she told anyone what was happening, he would ensure Jurgis and Marija lose their jobs. Furthermore, Connor forces Ona to work at Miss Henderson’s brothel- a house of
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