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  • 1. AYoung  |  May 10, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle” is a vivid portrait of life and death in a turn-of-the-century American meatpacking factory. It took place in Chicago, Illinois of 1906; in which the fifth-highest poverty rate among America’s major cities sky-rocketed. During this time period, very little jobs were available due to the economy and the immigrant overload was at its highest. Jurgis and his family attempt to pursue the American Dream, but wage slavery and the oppression of capitalism shatter every aspect of their lives. The novel very well illustrates the hollowness of the American Dream and demonstrates socialism as a remedy for the evils of capitalism.

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