Summary Of Upton Sinclair's Book 'The Jungle'

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------------------------------------------------- The Jungle Written by Upton Sinclair March 5, 2014 Allison johnson Publisher: Barnes & Noble Published in 2005 March 5, 2014 Allison johnson Publisher: Barnes & Noble Published in 2005 Upton Sinclair’s book, The Jungle, was about two people from Lithuania, who moved to an area in Chicago known as Packingtown. Those two people were a recently married couple named Jurgis Rudkus and Ona Lukoszaite. I believe that the author’s true intentions of this novel was to awaken the reader to the terrible living conditions of immigrants in the cities, to expose the terrible working conditions inside factories and the advantages of Socialism. This book, in my opinion, was…show more content…
The couple and several relatives had come to Chicago in search of a better life. The area where their relatives moved to was a center of Lithuanian immigration. But the area they moved to a hard, dangerous, and filthy place where it is difficult to find a job. After the reception, the couple discovered that they are more than a hundred dollars in debt to the saloonkeeper. In Lithuania, its custom that guests at a wedding-feast leave money to cover the cost, but since they were in America, many of the guest leave the feast without leaving any money since money was being budgeted amongst each person due to the lack of jobs available. Jurgis, who has great faith in the American Dream, vowed that he will simply work harder to make more money so that they may pay off the debt and continue living in America without struggling. Jobs in Packingtown involve back-breaking labor, however, conducted in unsafe conditions with little regard for individual workers. Therefore, Jurgis quickly finds work since he is young and eager to work. The family signed an agreement to buy a house, but the house was poorly maintained so it was full of repairs which evidently would cost money that they didn’t have. The community the house was in wasn’t much better, being filled with crime and corruption and not very family oriented. As it seems a lot of their family finds jobs, tragedy strikes with the death of Jurgis’s

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