The Jungle by Upton Sinclair "Student Critique" Essay

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The book The Jungle was introduced as a novel by Upton Sinclair was financed and published with his own money. Upton Sinclair was a famous novelist and social crusader from California. He was born on 20 September 1878 in Baltimore Md. He was the only child of Priscilla Harden and Upton Beall Sinclair. Upton Sinclair’s childhood was lived in poverty, one where his father was an alcoholic, his job as an alcohol salesman most likely contributed to his disease. And although his own family was extremely poor, he spent periods of time living with his wealthy grandparents. By living from one end of the extreme to the other he argued that this is what turned him into a socialist.1
His family moved to New York and at fourteen he enrolled in the
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The Jungle hit upon more than his hatred of the meat packing industry. He unknowing exposed the poor working conditions, and health issues that inspectors ignored. This book also made the American public very aware of the abuse workers endured during that time.
The Jungle established Upton Sinclair as a leading socialist of that the time, he became the voice of the “wage-slave” and the working class in America. His book was seen as revolutionary. Upton Sinclair’s friend Jack London who was a fellow writer and philosophical intimate, Jack London, wrote this announcement of The Jungle, “The book we have been waiting for these many years! It will open countless ears that have been deaf to Socialism. It will make thousands of converts to our cause. It depicts what our country really is, the home of oppression and injustice, a nightmare of misery, an inferno of suffering, a human hell, a jungle of wild beasts. And take notice and remember, comrades, this book is straight proletarian. It is written by an intellectual proletarian, for the proletarian. It is to be published by a proletarian publishing house. It is to be read by the proletariat. What Uncle Tom's Cabin did for the black slaves The Jungle has a large chance to do for the white slaves of today.”2
Upton Sinclair used the did not expound upon the characters of his book but instead created

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