The effects of Corruption and Capitalism Essay

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The American Dream is characterized by the ideals of liberty, opportunity, and contentment. When an individual thinks of achieving the American Dream, they only see the light at the end of the tunnel and not the struggles that come with it. In the political fiction novel, The Jungle, Upton Sinclair portrays the effects of corruption and capitalism on the world. Sinclair does so by showing how depraved the capitalist government can be and how tremendously this affects the lives of the innocent. Three Lithuanian Immigrants by the names of Jurgis Rudkas, Teta Elzbieta Lukoszaite, and Ona Lukoszaite, migrate with their relatives to Chicago in hopes of living a poverty free life. It is common for immigrants who migrate to the United States to …show more content…
Even though he was in jail, he still sought freedom in attempt to escape from society. He refers it to the cold and cruel nature of capitalism. It also shows how Jurgis works to overcome his problems, but the effect of corruption in society outweighs it. Corruption has therefore caused everything to be much harder than it should be. He works very hard, but when capitalism comes into play, everything surrounding it becomes negatively affected. As stated by Jerry Z. Muller in his article, Democratic Threat to Capitalism, “Capitalism is based upon inequality of reward, while democracy is based upon some notion of equality. The inequality of wealth, and the ability of the wealthy to influence the holders of political power, is said to undermine the equality of representation inherent in the democratic ideal” (Muller). This indicates just how unequal, immoral, and evil capitalism can be to those under its rule. To show how Jurgis feels, Sinclair states, “To Jurgis the packers had been equivalent to fate; Ostrinski showed him that they were the Beef Trust. They were a gigantic combination of
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