Propaganda In Upton Sinclair's The Jungle

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Propaganda in “The Jungle”
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair is a novel exploiting the lives of Lithuanian immigrants in Chicago during the Industrial Revolution of the early 19th century. The immigrants have a goal of achieving the American dream, and as the story goes on they are faced with the horrors of the meat packing industry. Upton Sinclair is a yellow journalist and muckraker during the progressive era, therefore the story is bound to have exaggeration in order for him to succeed in exposing the corruption of big businesses and government. Sinclair attempts to portray the troubles society underwent under the Capitalist economy they were under during this time period, for he was persuaded that Socialism was the proper way of life as well
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Sinclair had used these gruesome examples and heartbreaking stories not to increase popularity, but rather to help the readers understand the destruction a capitalist society, therefore advocating and promoting socialism once again. He continuously told stories of how lives were ruined under a Capitalist society in order to help strengthen his argument. These elements were simply there to help intensify the plot, receiving a reaction from the readers as they feel sympathy to those living in such a horrible society/economy. In result, a solution must be provided, and that's exactly what Upton Sinclair attempted to give the readers in his novel. It was necessary for him to use mention religion, political corruption, and multiple devastating stories for it all added up and allowed and for a greater impact on the readers. Consequently, Sinclair was able to gather a large audience, allowing for him to succeed in his goal of spreading Socialism to as many people as possible, therefore clearly making it a work

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