Immigrants Exposed In Upton Sinclair's The Jungle

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When a regular person discusses the industrialization era, they merely see it as a golden age, contrary to the fact that it was just as horrid, as it was great. During the 1800s & 1900s immigrants were being exploited and worked to death, literally. Upton Sinclair’s book “The Jungle”, is a book that exposes these horrid facts. Like the time Ona died due to the harsh conditions that the family had faced (Upton Sinclair 205). Which is why people ask, how bad were the immigrants being treated? The answer to that question is, pretty bad. There are, however, three points that show how bad the immigrants were being treated. Those three points are an immigrant’s social outlook, expendability, and gullibility. Now here is the first point. It …show more content…
But, how bad were they deceived, well, you can consider the time Jurguis and his family were swindled. While Jurguis had his whole family alive with him, they met with an agent that tricked them into paying enormous amounts of money (Upton Sinclair 26). Although this piece of evidence has no direct connection with the business leaders, it shows that the immigrants could be tricked easily. We also look at the fact that the family tricked into signing a deed that may have ruined them. It is stated in the book that the family had to pay an interest fee, which was an extra $7 above the $12 they already pay. The agent never informed the family about this, but it is believed that the agent had no intention to (Upton Sinclair 76). This is another way that portrays how immigrants get deceived. Most immigrants were not educated, this provides an opening for lawyers to take advantage of the immigrants, thus it is possible to deceive an immigrant entirely. Due to the trusting nature of immigrants, they have deceived time and time again, which goes to show that the immigrants were not being treated properly. In conclusion, Sinclair wrote the book, “The Jungle”, to show what it was like to live as an immigrant in America. Sinclair showed how terrible the immigrants were being treated. It is due to their social outlook, expendability, and gullibility that immigrants were being oppressed to death. Although these problems have disappeared today, we still see many examples of oppression similar to that of “The Jungle” which is why this book is

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