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Professor SawayaEnglish 3711 November 2015Oppressed by the SystemThe main character and hero of Sinclair’s famous novelThe Jungleis Jurgis Rudkus,and it is through his perspective which most of the action of the novel is shown from.Spending most of his life in Lithuania, the naïve Jurgis immigrates to America seeking whathe hears is the “American Dream.” Unused to dishonestly and extreme exploitation, Jurgisfrom the onset sees only the apparent efficiency of the system and not its brutality. He failsto appreciate why other workers criticize their jobs and instead is almost servile in hisgratitude for having been chosen to be a part of this great industrial activity. However, thedifficulties of life in Packingtown rob Jurgis of his health, strength and spirit.Jurgis isdepicted as a victim of chance and whose fate is determined by forces beyond his control.The lack of any character flaw in Jurgis, who is merely a victim of the oppressive conditions