Out of This Furnace Essay

1062 Words Feb 4th, 2006 5 Pages
The book Out of This Furnace is a work of historical fiction written by Thomas Bell, in which the lives of four different individuals are told and woven together, and consequentially describe the changes taking place in different generations of immigrant workers in America. Beginning with Kracha, then leading to Mike, then Mary, and finally Dobie, this book does an excellent job of showing how the American immigrant's life changed mid 1800s to the 1920s. As seen in each generation, immigrants became as a whole more and more liberal in their beliefs and lifestyles. Many of their beliefs change, however, one of the most interesting is the development of the labor unions, and how they are viewed by the workers in that time period. …show more content…
"Dobie looked down from his perch. Nossir, I ain't voting" (Bell 291) todd then stared at him, then stomps away, infuriated. One additional possibility is that the entire generation and changing times have caused a change in behavior in everyone, and advancements in all aspects of life. A large amount of time passes throughout this book, and the entire lifestyle of an ethnic laborer changes almost completely. In nearing the conclusion, one of the conversations between Dobie and Kracha sums up the revolutionary new way of life. "We've come a long way, eh? When somebody like me can walk into the Superintendent's office and talk about unions. They didn't do such things when you were in the mills. But times have changed." (Bell 321) By this point in the novel, Dobie is a successful leader in the union, and has met with the people in charge of the mills. Quite simply, things that took place in Dobie's life would not have been acceptable many years ago, and now are. Many of the old shops and stores run by families have been closed from Kracha's time, and no longer exist. New people have been moving in with new ideas, and when Dobie asks Kracha about places he used to frequent, he says "Get Dzedo to show us where his butcher shop used to be." "I know it was in one of them little wooden buildings the other side of Gyurik's saloon. That's closed up too. Wold's torn down, Gyurik gone, Spetz gone,

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