Life In The Iron Mills Analysis

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In the text written by Rebecca Harding Davis titled “Life in the Iron Mills”, Rebecca incorporates the theme of oppression and hopelessness felt by the immigrants and workers that work in the harsh conditions of the iron mills and other factories. In the story both the 2 main characters, Deborah and Hugh are exposed to these conditions that are imitated as hell and inferno sites. Davis writes to persuade people to follow and make their own living to prosper with what they can do, but in the story a specific character does not take advantage of a way to get out of the lower class and It ends up costing his life.
Hugh Wolfe Is one of the main characters of the story who is very well mannered and educated but works at an iron mill to support his family. One day Deborah who is his cousin, comes home to find out that he is at work and forgot
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One of the men states “Ce n’est pas mon affaire” (2610). Implying that it was not his business to help people with what they wanted to do and that they can work for themselves if they want to. Oppression in the story is how the lower class people are treated by the middle and upper class. They are treated as if they are animals because of locations and work that they are exposed to. The upper class does not realize this view since they have never been subject to these work fields in their lives. Even though Wolfe has an educational background he is still treated very poorly making him seem like just another low class worker. Davis wanted implement reality in her texts to educate the middle and upper class that a social reform was needed. By describing the stories of the low class workers she would hope that the oppression against the lower class, immigrants and women would change for the

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