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In Upton Sinclair's Jungle, the author attempts to make known the evils of the industries and capitalist businesses in Chicago in the early 1900's.The main character Jurgis was part of a lower class immigrant family from Lithuania that came to the US for a new start on life.They explain their illusion of the many chances that the country gives and decide to try and do as well as their friend Jokubas Szedvilas had done.However, as Jurgis starts work; as well as the rest of the family including Antanas, Ona, and Marija; they discover that the "land of the free" is not as forgiving as the naif had expected.Sinclair shows Jurgis's disillusionment and counters them with problems of the Chicago meat-packing industry such as the poor working conditions, gross employee exploitation, job insecurities, and most abundantly the drive of capitalism.
As Szedvilas is giving the Rudkuses a tour of Durham's meat-packing plant, he tells them that behind the closed doors are secret rooms and such that the company executives do not want the public to see.Sinclair is hinting with this statement that later in the novel the family will experience crude working conditions that prove to defeat the new lifestyle the Rudkuses envisioned.However, Jurgis begins working at the factory.Upon Jurgis's arrival, Sinclair notes that the immigrants coming to Packingtown are like the hogs walking "by the power of their own legs" to their death on the chutes.This simile is a strong foreshadowing that "death" is to come for the protagonist.Sinclair also makes it a point to describe the conditions from a narrator's stance.He depicts many of the workers having amputated thumbs, tuberculosis from the cooking rooms, not being able to stand up straight, fingers that were eaten off by acid, and cases where men have fallen into cooking pots a!
nd being made into lard. Ona's mother, Elzbieta …


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