Corruption In The Jungle

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The Jungle Upton Sinclair does an amazing job reflecting the life of a poor immigrant and his close friends from Lithuania in the novel “The Jungle.” The imagery he uses not only focuses on the challenges of his caravan of immigrants, but also for the majority of lower class American population. From corruption to abduction, Sinclair displays the harsh time poor immigrant peasants suffered through. America was the land of the free, and was also known for its success and promising life, but what Sinclair mainly drives in on, is how this perfect country was only nice to the ones running it. Throughout this drama filled novel, Sinclair tracks a family from Lithuania that is trying to get over to the United States. Like many others, Jurgis and all of his eleven companions were in search for a happy successful life, but only came to find struggles and hardship. After a long trip to America the explorers lost a majority of their money due to thieves, politicians, and resources. They reach a destination in Packingtown, Chicago, home of the meat packing industry, which…show more content…
The city revolved around a “survival of the fittest” manner and would chew you up only to spit you back out for another beating if you didn’t comply. The unfair techniques politicians used to scam elections made it close to impossible for the weak to gain any strength. So the days carried on for the immigrants, who mainly worked in factories. Low pay kept the people on a tight working schedule and made it tough to live. The conditions were so bad many people ended up unable to work due to sickness or death from either the meat or exhaustion. Sinclair made it clear that the poor peasants were the hardest working and received nothing in return. His passion in writing is so deep for the lower class folks when he expresses the value of each individual in Jurgis’ group and their drive to keep
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