At the wedding scene, the dance, feast and free flowing spirits have undercurrents of threat and gloom. On one such occasion, he chanced upon the perfect opening scene for his intended novel. They unwrapped him, and a man began vigorously rubbing his ears; and as they were frozen stiff, it took only two or three rubs to break them short off. His naiveté and inherent optimism is pulverized into a disillusioned submission, by the tragic circumstances and the increasingly impoverished life situations. A grim indictment that led to government regulations of the food industry, it is Sinclair's extraordinary contribution to literature and social reform. In this paper, I will focus on the challenges faced by a newly immigrated worker and on what I feel Sinclair's… 811 Words 4 Pages One of the most famous muckrakers was Upton Sinclair.
But I really think that if you dig deeper into the story, you will get so much more from the story. The theories of government never translate into practice with the lofty ideals or ethics of the philosophers who write about a perfect society. Originally published in 1904 as a serial piece in the socialist newspaper Appeal to Reason, Sinclair's novel was initially found too graphic and shocking by publishing firms and therefore was not published in its complete form until 1906. But it lays bare a place and a time and an industry, registering injustices which, as Schlosser notes in a foreword to the Penguin Classics edition, we have yet to fully remedy. Jobs in Packingtown involve back-breaking labor, however, conducted in unsafe conditions with little regard for individual workers.
Based on the novel by Upton Sinclair, this is a video of a possible movie trailer for the book. As a reporter he was sent to investigate and write a story on the lives of stockyard workers, in Chicago. His protagonist Jurgis, from whose viewpoint he writes his story, is also a flat character who goes through various experiences of life and falls victim to criminal acts by sheer force of his circumstances. In addition to prohibiting mislabeled and adulterated food products, these two laws paved the way for all future consumer protection legislation. Sinclair is the type of man that I would have loved — had I been there with him at the time he lived.
And once a person was chosen to be a worker, they had to labor at a fever pitch to make sure they were retained. What injustices will you endure or insults will you accept? Jurgis encounters Phil Connor again and, in a fit of rage, attacks him. The lack of attention to the safety of employees from the part of employers was the evidence of their indifference in relation to employees, even if employees suffered severe injuries leading to disabilities or death. Going undercover, Sinclair spent seven weeks inside the meatpacking plants gathering details for his novel. Where are your values when you are sorely tested? The shift to propaganda is clearly obvious in the final chapters, as all the sufferings and tragedies seem to end for the protagonist Jurgis when he attends a political rally enforcing socialism.
As a teenager, Sinclair wrote jokes, short stories and puzzles for pulp magazines, as well as dime novels. But because Roosevelt distrusted its close ties to the meatpacking industry, he secretly instructed Labor Commissioner Charles P. The foreign sales of American meat dropped drastically and it became hard for the government to calm public outrage, which followed the publication of this novel. These direct experiences exposed the horrific conditions in the U. How diseased cows were slaughtered and packed off to cities for consumption, and how gross the entire system of employment and exploitation were at these centers. He quite simply uses it to represent the plight of working class.
His wife is raped, his child dies due to lack of proper medical care, and his sufferings never end as he is exploited at his work place. Unlike most other muckrakers, such as Ida Tarbell and Lincoln Steffens, Sinclair mainly wrote fiction. Jurgis is eventually recruited to work for the corrupt political boss, Mike Scully. The major problem of the capitalist system uncovered by Sinclair and that really existed in the early 20 th century as well as it exists now is the problem of the social injustice caused by the focus of employers on their well-being regardless of needs of employees. All are forced to find jobs in dismal working conditions for their very survival. Socialism was a dream never realized and I'm not sure I'd want the author's final solution.
It reminded me of Ayn Rand, escaping from Communism and seeing Capitalism as the ultimate system of perfection. We need to be aware of them. Relation to the real world. In the novel he is shown as an unassuming person who joins his job at the stockyards with an almost childlike ignorance. Without Sinclair's brave novel, we would still be eating infested meats, and wouldn't understand the joy and pain, and just blatant ignorrance of American Capitalism.
Obviously, that never happened, though political changes were enacted to address some of the inequities. These elements are contrasted with the deeply rooted corruption of people in power. The Jungle has remained continuously in print since its initial publication. He utilized the fictional immigrant family as a vehicle for nonfictional. From 1901 to 1904, Sinclair published four books that were all commercial failures. In actuality, this trend persists, although it is not so obvious as it used to be in the past. There is no undulating plot and scenes, like one generally finds in a novel.