Protest and Socialism in "The Jungle"
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This paper examines Upton Sinclair's book "The Jungle", as a protest novel of great political import. The paper provides some background on Chicago in 1906 and discusses how this book was one of the first examples of popular anti-industrial sentiment, and a tribute to socialism. The paper then reveals that"The Jungle" was nearly single-handedly responsible for sweeping improvements in food packaging throughout the nation.
From the Paper:"Consumer advocates, political activists, and human rights proponents throughout the nation owe their origins in great part to Upton Sinclair. Using the meatpacking industry of turn of the century Chicago, Sinclair created a work of outstanding impact that shook not only that specific industry, but the entire nation. After that book was published, the public outcry and subsequent legislative actions demonstrated that a single voice can, indeed, spark a revolution. The Jungle, is a work of political, industrial, and economic protest which represented only the first in what would become a tidal wave of socialist interest that would sweep the nation. Any work of protest, against any form of government or prevailing socio-economic system begins with an analogy. Christ used parable as a way to explain not only himself, but the ideal world in which man should live. Dostoyevsky employed stories of the individual's struggle against the state to protest an oppressive government. Sinclair set his plea and justification for socialism and economic change within a modern Hell. At the time of the writing, as clearly described by Sinclair, the monopolistic economy of the United States, which purposefully allowed small numbers of people to actively control sectors of the nation like fiefdoms, had destroyed the common man."
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