The American Dream In Upton Sinclair's The Jungle

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“The Jungle” Upton Sinclair The Jungle by Upton Sinclair was a controversial book that concerned worker exploitation and unsanitary condition of the meat industry. Hundreds of immigrants moved to several cities in the US, especially Chicago, where this story’s setting takes place. The American Dream was the encouragement immigrants had, to migrate to the cities. Sinclair’s book describes the thought of the American Dream, daily immigrant life, and symbolism concerning the title, “The Jungle.” Throughout the late 19th/ early 20th century, immigrants were starting to migrate to the United States in order to achieve a better life. As they called it, “The American Dream,” was just but a naïve dream. In their eyes, they expected that hard work, high paying salaries, and an abundance of jobs will welcome them in the US. Sadly that is not the case, instead it is filled with the corruption of different types. Such as, prostitution, cheating on voting, stealing from the weak, fraud, and so on. I believe in order to survive in these environments, you have to put your morals at…show more content…
In the beginning, it starts off with a traditional Lithuanian wedding, everything seems lighthearted even. As we move further, we begin to see their first conflict, to find a way to pay for their wedding. In their tradition, everyone that dances with the bride, or whomever, came to the wedding should give some sort of donation in order for them to pay the wedding bill. Unfortunately, that is not the case, and this leads the newlyweds with an astounding three hundred dollar, almost a yearly wage in their time, of debt. Jurgis does not get deterred by this obstacle, instead, he declares to simply “work harder in order to pay his debt.” Later in the story, we take a glimpse of the immigrant that supposedly achieved the “American Dream,” however, that is not the case, because he is living miserably even though he has a

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