Upton Sinclair 's The Jungle Essay

1650 Words Nov 16th, 2014 7 Pages
America is known as the land of opportunity. In the past as well as the present, immigrants have traveled to this country with dreams of fulfilling their own goals – home ownership, raising a family, or having a good career, for example. This view of America, however, may be more fiction than fact. In The Jungle, written by Upton Sinclair, views are established of an America completely opposite of the views of the incoming foreigners and even the citizens already living in the country. Upton Sinclair describes the capitalism of America being evil, an obstacle of advancement for the common American. Likewise, he promotes socialism as being good, the solution to the corruption of capitalism. The United States is a country founded on the belief of freedom; freedom to say, own, or do what one wants. The founding fathers of the country broke off from Britain and fought the Revolutionary War in order to secure those freedoms. The purpose of nearly every war that the United States engaged in before modern times was to preserve the freedom of this country 's people to create their own lives the way they want to. Because of this, the people in the United States could establish their own manner of living. They could fulfill the “American Dream” in their own way (although this term usually suggests home or land ownership and self reliance). This idea of securing one’s own future by their own standards still exists in America today. Along with this idea of the “American Dream”…

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