Fading Of The American Dream- The Jungle

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The Jungle By Upton Sinclair Naveen Galla Fading of the American Dream Upton Sinclair clearly states how the belief of the American Dream faded away from many immigrants in the early 1900s. In a time where capitalism and greed were at their peak, many people were starving and freezing in the streets. This book depicts the harsh and cruel world of the early 1900’s for immigrants trying to improve their life. Jurgis Rudkis a Lithuanian immigrant comes to America to improve his and his family’s quality of life, however his transition to America is anything but a dream. Jurgis has begged for food, stolen food to survive, worked long hours every day, gone to jail for crimes he did not commit and lost his loved ones. “He has been only six months in America, and the change has not dome him good”(14). In the early 1900s the American Dream was to start from nothing, and to live a life better than the country you immigrated from. In the early 1900s, immigrants came to America in search of a better life, but were struck by the empty and unforgiving land of America. “They had dreamed of freedom; to see their child grow strong”(138). One of the themes of The Jungle was the fading of the American Dream. In the beginning of the novel, it stated that America was a place where men were free and if they could manage the money for their travels, they could count their troubles to an end. However, for Jurgis and Ona, reality struck. It is a tradition in Lithuanian weddings, for the guests to pay for the newly weds wedding. However, this was not the case for Jurgis and Ona. They were married at a church in Chicago; because of the poverty of many of their relatives, the relatives did not pay them. This placed them in an early $300 debt to start their lives. Conditions for the family would only decline. The working conditions were also very bad. For example,
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