A Review Of The Jungle

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair is a dreary story that depicts the
life of a working man in the early twentieth century. The book shows the
horrid working conditions placed about the Chicago factory workers and the
horrors of the standard of living. The book follows behind an immigrant
from Russia who hopes to strike it rich in America. Sinclair consistently
throws problems at the man who runs from one scenario to the next.
The title of the book comes from an old saying, "it's a jungle out
there." meaning that the world is so complex and busy, it is hard to
comprehend all that is taking place. That is exactly how the book is
portrayed, as a jungle. So many things are going on like ...

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factories. The streets are not paved and the working conditions are
terrible. The setting is a perfect place for a man to struggle from one
problem to the next without ever finding the solace of comfort and
relaxation. The time is important to the novel because it is before any
laws on working conditions and food quality have been established. The
novel takes place in several time sequences where Sinclair briefly stops
to explain the new problem that the main character must overcome.
The main Characters on the novel are Jugus, the man of which the
story follows, Ona, Jurgis's wife, Elzbieta, mother in law of Ona, and
Marija, Ona's cousin. Jurgis is the main character of the novel and the
only person who makes any change at all. Jurgis is a big man who starts
work in one of the killing beds in a meat factory. Jurgis is a man who
only wants the best for Ona and when faced with a problem uses the motto,
"I will work harder." Ona is a "mere child" whose physical and ...

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he has his job at
the killing beds. But an injury stops his plans of a good lifestyle short.
After healing from the injury Jurgis finds out that he no longer has his
old job and must search for a new one. Jurgis is unable to find a job and
following the death of one of Elzbieta's crippled children Jurgis goes to
work in the fertilizer plant, a place where no man chooses to go if he can
help it. Then Jurgis finds out that Ona has committed adultery forced upon
her by Conner, one of the foremen where they work. Jurgis confronts Conner
and beats him badly and is sent to jail. Ona dies from an early labor and
Jurgis stays drunk for several days and only brings himself back together
by ...

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