Essay on The Jungle By Upton Sinclair

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In the novel The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, the author criticizes the meatpacking industry during the nineteenth century and uses vivid imagery to display horrible living conditions of the people in that time. The Jungle was a book that truly showed the the migrant workers in the factories who were in poor working conditions and put anything in meat as long as they did not get in trouble. This brought many unsanitary conditions in and outside the factories. In the novel The Jungle, Upton Sinclair uses vivid imagery and uses the characterization such as migrant workers such as Jurgus to criticize the meatpacking industry, expose the conditions of the factories and lifestyles of workers, and to show the impossibility of the American Dream during the 20th century. In the 1900s meat in the factories would be dosed with borax and glycerine, and dumped into the hoppers. There would be meat that had went on the floor where the workers had spit. There would be meat stored in piles in room and the water from the roofs would leak into it It was also too dark in these storage places to see well, but a man could run his hand over these piles of meat and sweep off handfuls of the dried dung of rats. In the text it states “The meat would be shoveled into carts, and the man who did the shoveling would not trouble to lift out a rat even when he saw one… There was no place for the men to wash their hands before they ate their dinner..” (Sinclair ).
The main character Jurgis saw men in the…

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