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the jungle

In Upton Sinclair's The Jungle a Lithuanian family stuck in a capitalistic country. It shows the ongoing struggle of poor people that will never get farther in life as long as the minority of rich people rules them. The Jungle shows a struggle between capitalism and socialism. Socialism is the best way out for the poor, but a Capitalistic America has already trapped them. When Jurgis Rudkus and his familyfirst come to America, they do not know how it was ran. Once Jurgis begins working in the stockyards, he finds out that the upper class dominates the lower class.
Supposedly, America is a democratic nation, but this is not true. Capitalism rules the nation. The upper class bosses rules what goes on in the poor's lives. It is a form of slavery. Sinclair writes: "Things that were quite unspeakable went on there in the packing houses all the time, and were taken for granted by everybody; only they did not show, as in old slavery times, because there was no difference in color between master and slave". (106) Sinclair compares the conditions of the factories to that of slavery. The rich boss is the master and the worker is the slave. Capitalism rules in the stockyards of Chicago. The higher class people can get ahead in life because they have money in the system, but the worker will forever be stuck at their work on the machines in the packing plant.
Jurgis Rudkus endures the work in the factory system, where he comes across capitalismfirst hand. Through his work in the meat packing plant, he sees how they are able to work around government regulation through bribes and deceit. He also soon learns that everyone steals from the people below them in the system "…the bosses grafted off the men, and they grafted off each other; and someday the superintendent would find out about the boss, and then he would graft off the boss" (59). Sinclair reveals that men of a higher status were able to steal freely


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