The Jungle

The Jungle - Angelica Casas Larry Pool History 1302 The...

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Angelica Casas Larry Pool History 1302 July 21, 2009 The Jungle Throughout the history of society, economic competition has been a constant struggle. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair demonstrates an example of this struggle. It is, questionably, one of the most significant books in American history. Upton Sinclair writes about the terrible circumstances that the poor and underprivileged immigrants who worked at the meatpacking plants had to deal with. While telling the story, he engages the reader in a figurative and metaphorical war against capitalism. In the beginning Jurgis and Ona Rudkus, are celebrating their marriage in a bar in their neighborhood in the manner of their Lithuanian culture. There is music, dancing, singing, and many of the similar things we would anticipate today at a wedding. Nevertheless, it is a Lithuanian belief to invite hungry people who gather outside the door inside for their fill of food and drink even though it is made clear that Jurgis, Ona, and all their neighbors are desperately poor. Near the end of the party, each male guest shares a dance with the bride and drops money into a hat held by Ona’s stepmother, Teta Elzbieta, in order to pay for the party. When Jurgis, his wife, children, and some of their extended family moved to America, they struggle to work their way to the America dream of wealth, freedom, and opportunity. They moved into a section of
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This note was uploaded on 06/07/2010 for the course HIST 1302 taught by Professor Henry during the Spring '09 term at Dallas.

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