The Jungle | Study Guide

Upton Sinclair

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Upton Sinclair

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Drama, Historical Fiction

Perspective and Narrator

The Jungle is told in third-person point-of-view from the perspective of an omniscient narrator. Occasionally, the narration switches to second person for literary effect.


The Jungle is primarily narrated in past tense, although it occasionally slips into present tense, which most scholars believe is simply the effect of hasty writing and poor editing.

About the Title

The Jungle refers to a central metaphor in the novel: capitalist society as a jungle in which people are either predator or prey.


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