Thesis About The Jungle

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Have you ever felt you were trapped in a situation and you were set up to fail, and regardless of how hard you worked you were bound to not to succeed? After one has read The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair, one would see that this emotion must be on the mind of the protagonist, Jurgis. Upton Sinclair was a politician of the early 1900s, but before Sinclair began his work as a politician he was a member of the socialist party and detested the downfalls of the capitalistic society that is America. To him capitalism is for the benefit for some (the rich) and socialism is for the benefit of all. Sinclair was inspired to write a book about the working class of America (consisting mostly of immigrants), primarily based on the packing town of Chicago and the different attitudes they can have and actions they carried out. Sinclair developed his story and his characters in an unusual way by using the third person and almost completely having no dialogue but instead used intricate details and imagery. Jurgis’ character seems to be caught in the trap of capitalism. Jurgis originally follows the harsh rules of capitalism and at first there seems to be hope that 12 hour working days (excluding Sundays) and low wages can support his big family but the society he lives beats and diminishes his expectations and hope until Jurgis completely changes and turns his life around for a life as a criminal. As a criminal, Jurgis finds money to come easier without working as hard but Jurgis learns that politics, crime and business is intertwined in Chicago and Jurgis fails again losing confidence and hope. Upton Sinclair uses The Jungle to demonstrate that the working class can not win in a capitalistic society nor can crime be a resolution because who you know or who your adversary’s are you can get out of trouble or get punished to the full extent. Sinclair’s character Jurgis demonstrates this
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