After the PMR examination, we were not only sick of studying but also to even look at books. After some discussion, Ben, Tom and I decided to go for a camping trip. It was supposed to be a pleasant two days camping trip. Nevertheless, we had never imagined that it would turn out to be a nightmarish incident. That morning, we equipped ourselves with the necessary camping gear and sufficient food which could last us for two days. Then, we got onto our motorcycles and made a beeline for our destination. When we reached there, we parked our motorcycles under a big shady tree. After that, we began to climb Mount Ophir (Gunung Ledang). During our ascent, the steep mountain drained us of our energy. Before dark, we reached a picturesque waterfall and decided to camp there for the night. When night fell, we sat around a campfire and enjoyed ourselves telling jokes and scaring one another by telling horror stories. Tom who was a live-wire among us has us in stitches with his jokes as well as his silly antics. Since it was a cold night, we snuggled close to each other and slipped into slumber soon. The next morning, we hike into the deeper part of the forest and made our way up some steep terrain gingerly. After two hours, we decided to return to the campsite for some food. To our horror, we realized that we could not find the way back, we were lost. We frantically tried to retract our steps, but to no avail. To our terror, we accidentally walked into a situation from which there was no escape. We had encountered a king cobra which stopped us in our tracks. Fearing for its venom bites, all we could do was to stand still. Sensing our fear, the cobra raised its head as a sign of attack. It was Tom who was attacked. He was groaning in pain while the cobra quickly glided away. Time is the essence. We had to carry Tom to a doctor and as we were in the deep of the jungle we knew that we had to move fast. Finally, we reached our motorcycles and without a word/ without any...
...Running Head: THE JUNGLE
In this novel Upton Sinclair shows the problems of working class people. His believe in and contempt for capitalism as described in this story “The Jungle”. The writer explains capitalism in which the labor communities were treated very badly and to survive in the conditions of poverty. The novel rotates around the family of a character Jurgis Rudkus who have immigrated to America from Lithuania. As well as explained about the shameless extortion of migrants in the U.S.A.
Upton Sinclair was a young and very poor novelist and political writer in America. He was also the best muckrakers of 1900s. The aim of Sinclair was to rebuild the world when he lived in Princeton Township and wrote his a great novel “The Jungle” (1906). The major concept of the novel is to emphasize the difficulties of working class people and also show the dishonesty and corruption of the industries of meatpacking in America in the period of twentieth century (Weber, 2010, 67-71).
The main themes and ideas of the novel “The Jungle” is the social and economic trouble and political leadership that ruled U.S. into the twentieth century. While he was writing this novel on struggling of Lithuanian migrants to better lives in Chicago, he describes that how ruthless and avarice competition...
The Jungle Review
The Jungle is a perfect example of an effective form of muckraking journalism that affected the masses and catalyzed the reform movements of the Progressive Era. The Jungle written by Upton Sinclair was a story that not only focused on the unfortunate life of a Lithuanian family headed by a man named Jurgis, searching for the American dream, but also the corruption and reform attempts of the Chicago government and Packingtown. Even though Sinclair discusses the corruption, bribery, and union system that control the working class, it is left to the reader to decide whether Sinclair’s accounts are accurate depictions of Chicagoan society. In comparison to historical facts and documents discussed in class, the stories of reform and corruption amongst the classes in The Jungle are accurately depicted as truthful to an extent.
Upton Sinclair uses each chapter of this book to convey the working class’ failures in the economic and social system of Chicago. His story centers on Jurgis, a Lithuanian national and the family he brought to America to search for freedom and prosperity. Their plight represents the struggle of the working class in capitalist America. 1 Throughout the novel, Jurgis and his family have a high belief that their hard work and strong ethics will set them up for a successful and happy future, but in each chapter there is something that makes this goal virtually unobtainable. For...
...packing industry was | Polysyndeton |
Chicago will be ours! Chicago will be ours! CHICAGO WILL BE OURS!" | The passion the characters have uplifts the reader | Repition |
“It struck fear to his heart.”278 | This sentence really hits the reader as a strong sentence about the characters | Simple sentence |
“What sort of man was he?” 280 | Asking what time of person other people are makes the reader question themselves | Rhetorical ? |
“..had somehow expected his own family,that he loved; and now this sudden horrible discover, Marija a whore and Elibieta and the children living off her shame!” 259 | When the character comes to a realization so does the reader | Exclamation |
Jurgis had come in conflict with one of the creatures of the jungle whose powers were much greater then his own and he has been worsted in the combat to drag himself away” 260 | This puts an idea in at the vantage point of jurgis which allows the reader to feel what he is feeling | Alliteration |
“I cannot rest. I can not be silent” 281 | The character is tired of living this life and gets sympathy from the audience | repitition |
To you workingmen! 282 | Shares the passion of the speaker with the audience. | Exclamation. |
“The human race lives and dies for them!” 285” | | |
“A mighty giant…” 286 | Talking about the labor force, easier to comprehend. | Metaphor |
“Why should they not all sit In silence?”288 | Forces reader to answer questions | Rhetorical question |...
...The Jungle by Upton Sinclair gives an in depth look at the lives of immigrant workers here in America and the quality of the meat consumed by Americans. Quality so poor that the Pure Food and Drug Act was created as a result. The audience tend to focus purely on the unsanitary conditions instead of the real problem. The true problem is the hardships faced by the workers and their families who depend on meat industry to keep them alive. It almost seems as if Sinclair doesn’t want the focus on the meatpacking, but on overcoming hardship, especially through Socialism. Sinclair as a person was extremely outspoken when referring to the subject of Socialism. Sinclair really wrote The Jungle for the promotion of his political position, as he himself was a socialist.
What really caught the attention of the public were the few pages of horrendous descriptions about the quality of the meat-packing industry. People were forced to work from before sunrise to after sunset. In the meat preserving plants, the floors were
never dry. The workers would catch horrible foot diseases, causing them to suffer loss of toes and even entire legs. The butchers would be forced to move at a blinding pace, often cutting
themselves and others. They would still have to work though, or lose their job. Often, the wounds would become infected, and butchers would die of blood poisoning. These are all examples of how the conditions were just flat-out horrible, and...
...In the early 1900s, the implementation of new technologies led to a rapid economic growth in America. This growth, for which the government was not ready, brought new challenges to American society. Technological growth led to new business practices and settings, most notably, the factory. The government was ill equipped to regulate these factories; thus, many businesses functioned without restriction. Capitalism ran unchecked and all business decisions were driven by profit. This led to conditions that affected workers and consumers. The novel The Jungle by Upton Sinclair led to changes in business regulation by displaying how factories compromised the health and safety of its workers and the public.
The Jungle was written as a socialist commentary to the inhumane conditions suffered by many of the urban poor struggling to survive after the 1890s depression. Sinclair used the character of Jurgis to make the readers aware of the terrible working conditions in these factories. Everyday he and his co-workers would risk their lives in this dangerous and filthy environment. “There would be meat stored in great piles in rooms; and the water from leaky roofs would drip over it, and thousands of rats would race about on it. It was too dark in these storage places to see well, but a man could run his hand over these piles of meat and sweep off handfuls of the dried dung of rats. These rats were nuisances, and the packers would put poisoned bread...
...The Jungle by: Upton Sinclair
In the book “The Jungle” by Upton Sinclair the author gives a critique of the early twentieth century labor practices in the growing cities of the United States. It gives people an opportunity to see all the factors that were going on not only in the meatpacking industry, but also the way working people lived and all the challenges that they had to overcome to just be able to survive. It also shows how the working conditions are in the city of Chicago. It shows how workers did their tasks in unsanitary conditions. The book would say that they would be working and rats would be passing by and because they were so tired they did not care anymore.
* "And, for this, at the end of the week, he will carry home three dollars to his family, being his pay at the rate of five cents per hour-just about his proper share of the million and three quarters of children who are now engaged in earning their livings in the United States." I found this quote to be interesting because even though Jurgis works for whole family. Life in the United States is very difficult.
* “They had dreamed of freedom; of a chance to look about them and learn something; to be decent and clean, to see their child group up to be strong. And now it was all gone-it would never be!” This shows how life in America turns out nothing like they expected.
The observation that I made about the author’s style in the first half of the book is that...
A Path To Perseverance
The Jungle, written by: Upton Sinclair, looks under the microscope at the deplorable conditions under which the people who lived and worked at Chicago's Union Stockyards were subjected to. along with the impact those conditions had on an emigrant family from Eastern Europe. Its plot takes in the Packingtown district. During the early 20th Century the migration of European immigrants to America's Midwest was prolific. What they found was oppression, dehumanization and exploitation. Working the stockyards offered these immigrants a first glimpse at what the United States would eventually reveal. They were enticed by stories of wealth and opportunity and tired of the remnants of feudalism and classicism that existed in their homelands. The industrial revolution was still in its infancy and owners of large corporations thought themselves purveyors of the American ideal. Sinclair describes the brutal conditions that these immigrants found and the cold reality of life in the United States. This book reveals a look at an America that still has resonance today.
In order to understand effectively why the new environment was so difficult for the immigrants to adapt to, one must understand the goals and mindset they had coming from. emigrants were determined to make it in the United States because they figured the...
During the late 1800's and early 1900's hundreds thousands of European immigrants migrated to the United States of America. They had dreams of success, prosperity and their own conception of the American Dream. The majority of the immigrants believed that their lives would completely change for the better and the new world would bring nothing but happiness. Advertisements that appeared in Europe offered a bright future and economic stability to these naive and hopeful people. Jobs with excellent wages and working conditions, prime safety, and other benefits seemed like a chance in a lifetime to these struggling foreigners. Little did these people know that what they would confront would be the complete antithesis of what they dreamed of. The enormous rush of European immigrants encountered a lack of jobs. Those who were lucky enough to find employment wound up in factories, steel mills, or in the meat packing industry.
Jurgis Rudkus is a young man who believes that with hard work and along with desire that he may be able to support his one love Ona. He comes to the US in hopes of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Ona Lukoszaite, she is a young and timid lady that comes to the country along with her husband not knowing what to expect and not prepare for the harsh life here in this country during the industrial time.
Two young immigrants Jurgis and Ona celebrate their marriage in normal lifstyle. The couple is part of a...