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In this article, the writer notes that Upton Sinclair's 1908 novel 'The Jungle' reflects the burgeoning interest in Marxism and socialism in the US that took root during the Industrial Revolution. Moreover, the writer points out that the novel testifies to the disillusionment with the American Dream experienced by scores of immigrants like the Lithuanian family in Sinclair's novel. The writer discusses that, in the novel, Jurgis Rudkus's transition from idealistic young immigrant to a convict also exemplifies conflict theory. The corruption in business and city politics are the source of Jurgis' deviant behaviors: his heavy drinking and his repeated criminal assaults. The writer maintains that the class conflicts that Sinclair describes in 'The Jungle' are irreconcilable without wholesale changes to the structures and institutions that govern social norms in America.
Sample of Sources Used:
- Sinclair, Upton. The Jungle, 1908.
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