Stereotypes Exposed In Upton Sinclair's The Jungle
As the story develops it wanders through Bridewell, a rural community away from the bustling Chicago and finally, when all the misery is behind him to Hind’s Hotel where Jurgis works as a porter, and can finally see the light at the end of the miserable tunnel.
The Jungle includes several characters that impact and convey the fundamental message of the story; with two Lithuanians in particular having a central impact on the plot and being exposed first hand to the harsh conditions in Packingtown, Jurgis and his wife Ona.
Jurgis Rudkus – The Protagonist: A man filled with hope of a new life in America with a strong belief in his own work ethics and high hopes in the American Dream. Determined to succeed and provide for his family, his mantra being ”I will work harder” as if it is the solution to everything. However, with the turn of every page Jurgis’s philosophy is shattered as a combination of poor health, poor living – and poor working conditions contrived to destroy his family and his …show more content…
With Sinclair’s seven weeks of first hand experiences of Packingtown he creates fictional characters to shatter the hopes of achieving the capitalistic American Dream. If the dream was to be in anyway achievable, the workers needed workers’ rights. A unionisation to protect the workers, a management to recognise the effort of their employees, offering better wages, better benefits and a chance to have home ownership, and a chance to move on. In 1906 Packingtown the opportunities were very far and in