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The writer of this paper examines author Upton Sinclair's support of socialism and contempt for capitalism as depicted in his novel "The Jungle." The author describes capitalism as a cruel institution where the working class are treated poorly and forced to live in poverty so that others may profit while socialism is personified as the savior of mankind. This paper details the plot of the novel which revolves around Jurgis Rudkus and his family who have recently immigrated to the U.S. from Lithuania. Also discussed is the shameless exploitation of immigrants in America.
From the Paper:"Socialism is personified as the savior of mankind in the last chapters of The Jungle when a charismatic preacher-like speaker begins his presentation at a socialist rally. Sinclair designs the speaker to have a strong, captivating message, which no one can refute. In fact, the message is a brief summary of the negative events that have happened to Jurgis thus far in the novel. The speaker is telling Jurgis how to live a better life in one easy step: become a socialist. When Jurgis converts to socialism, all of the negative experiences of his past years in America melt away."
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"The Jungle" (2006, June 11) Retrieved January 21, 2021, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/the-jungle-66406/
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