The Populace Of Poverty In Upton Sinclair's The Jungle

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The Populace in Poverty Thousands of Americans in today’s society live pay check to pay check, work multiple jobs, and save all the money that is plausible Yet, the essence of poverty continues to grasp members of the population, causing them to struggle to break free from the forceful grip. Although these conditions are experienced by thousands of Americans today, it was no different for the working class of the early nineteenth century. For instance, in The Jungle, where a family of immigrants obtain little money, and experience horrible work and living conditions while in Chicago. Paucity toys with every aspect of the family’s lives, as seen through the literary elements of characterization, symbolism, and conflict. While some may believe…show more content…
While the family is always able to gain the funds needed for the payments (before Jurgis is put in jail), the barely cover the price, leaving them with little food, a damaged house, and sickly family members (Sinclair). Clearly, the struggle of Jurgis’s family was insanely difficult, leading to decreased health, and even death, thus proving that poverty is a very serious social issue that damages the lives of many. While the use of characterization takes place with numerous characters in the novel, it resonates most obviously with Jurgis. At the beginning of the novel Jurgis is portrayed as a very masculine, hardworking figure, as he speaks his famous quote “I will work harder.” As he begins to experience harsh work conditions, injury, and sickness, his optimistic nature slowly wears down. Eventually his pessimistic personality overrides the sanguine behavior he exhibited in earlier times, specifically with the death of his wife and the drowning of his son. All the treacherous occurrences in Jurgis’s life cause him to become a frequent visitor of saloons, as he craves even just a drop of alcohol. Though he did not have a large sum of money previously,

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