Literary Fiction And Propaganda In Upton Sinclair's The Jungle
A common argument that is based off The Jungle is whether the book is literary fiction or propaganda. Some people argue that because the book is realistic fiction and the author depicts an accurate example of what good literature is with the quality of his writing, The Jungle must be literary fiction. Others argue that because the book promotes socialism and degrades capitalism, The Jungle must be propaganda. Since both arguments have reason to be made, it is clear that the novel portrays both literary fiction and propaganda.
Literary fiction is writing that withholds quality and purpose with realistic characters and complex emotions. It can further be defined as “a term principally used for certain fictional works that are claimed …show more content…
When he describes the meatpacking industry, the author uses symbolism to depict the corruption in capitalistic societies. He then uses personification to allow the reader to further sympathize with the animals when he says, “the hogs; they were so innocent, they came so very trustingly; and they were so very human in their protests.” (Sinclair, 4) He additionally uses metaphors to convey the distinct and horrible aspects of poverty. When describing Jurgis 's home, the author says, “They could feel the cold as it crept in through the cracks, reaching out for them with its icy, death-dealing fingers, and they would crouch and cower and try to hide from it, all in vain” (Sinclair, 101) His specific descriptions and use of literary devices enhances the message being