Essay The Jungle By Upton Sinclair

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The issue of Income disparity of the working class has been a prevalent economic issue, especially since the industrial revolution in the United States. In The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, he explores the exploitive nature of capitalism during the infancy of the industrial revolution in the United States and the struggles of the immigrant working class. While this piece of literature is a work of fiction, it gives a typical account of the abhorrent working conditions and the lack of policies which protect the rights of workers. This expose helped push legislation which aimed to protect the rights of workers, and strengthened unions. While this helped with alleviating the issue of income disparity, there has been an increase in income disparity beginning in the 1970’s and continues to today. Changes in fiscal policy and the weakening of unions may be correlated to the rise of income disparity among the working class. In The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, there are many motifs within this novel which exemplify the struggles of the working class during the late 19th century. Sinclair hoped to make the general public not only aware of the poor working conditions that workers within the meatpacking industry in Chicago had to endure. Along with the poor working conditions, Sinclair also makes it apparent that workers have little protection against exploitation by not only the owners of the meat packing industry, but also by the political machine. For example, Jurgis is encouraged by his…

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