The Jungle By Upton Sinclair Essay

1263 Words Dec 15th, 2016 6 Pages
Mike Rose’s article provides the reader with an excellent representation and description of the true value of a blue-collar worker. Stereotypically, this group of people is not seen as being very bright, since intelligence is often measured by the number of years of education that a person has. However, the article explains many examples of how blue-collar people must constantly use their brains while on the job. Throughout this class, we have read many books that explain just how important this group of people are. In particular, The Jungle by Upton Sinclair relates to concepts in the article as well as The Coal Tattoo by Silas House. All three works describe in detail not only the brawn of the characters and their hardships, but how the characters had to use tremendous amounts of knowledge to get through work and life and had tremendous worth to society intellectually. In The Jungle, Jurgis’s family came to America from Lithuania. Upon arrival in the new country, they could speak little to no English and had little clue about how anything worked in America. The text describes examples of immigrants being taken advantage of due to their naivete. However, we see that there are so many examples of how crafty Jurgis and his family could be while working and while making it through life. When the family took a tour of Packingtown, Jurgis witnessed elaborate, fast-paced, and skilled work. “It was all highly specialized labor, each man having his task to do…” (Sinclair 32).…

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