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He chose to represent the industrial world through the meatpacking industry, where the rewards of progress were enjoyed only by the privileged, who exploited the powerless masses of workers. The Jungle is a novel and a work of investigative journalism; its primary purpose was to inform the general public about the dehumanization of American workers. However the novel was much more effective at exposing the unsanitary conditions of the meatpacking industry. The public’s concern about the meat supply was so great that Sinclair later commented, “I aimed at the public’s heart, and by accident I hit it in the stomach.” He played the journalist role well, actually spending seven months in Chicago where he studied the inner workings of the meatpacking industry. The experience allowed him to describe first-hand the sickening environment of the modern industrial factory.
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His aim of writing the jungle is to introduce the people to socialism because the rich who owned industries are using their wealth to take advantage of the poor citizens. Sinclair explained how the workers who worked in the meat-parking stockyard were also in danger when he said, "in its way as horrible as the killing-beds, the workers in each of them had their own peculiar diseases." Even the employers who worked in the stockyard were very sick each with its own stage of diseases from the rotten meat they were parking. The description of the smell in the meat house was a horrible experience to the reader who actually did not witness the insident"it is an elemental odor, raw and crude, it is rich, almost sensual and strong.
He also portrays the various sicknesses they suffer as a result of their working environments. The Jungle is also an appeal to Socialism. He follows Jurgis's Lithuanian immigrant family into the disgusting tenements and meat packing factories of Chicago. There, they suffer the loss of all their dreams of success and freedom in America. They find themselves leashed to the grinding poverty and misery of the city slums despite all their best efforts.
The book exposes every aspect of the fast food industry, good and bad. Eric Schlosser, the author of Fast Food Nation uses these aspects to present all of the problems going on throughout the country. In chapter eight, he exposes the side of the fast food culture that no one ever bears in mind, the employees’ well being. In order to raise awareness, he interviewed workers, went inside a packing plant and viewed the average day of meat packers. The most grotesque descriptions of the fatalities and thoughts from their insensitive employers’ are exhibited.
Back in early 1900’s in the meatpacking plants of Chicago the incarnation of greed ruled over the working man and dictated his role as a simple cog within an enormous insatiable industrial machine. Executives of the 1900’s meatpacking industry in Chicago, IL, conspired to work men to death, obliterate worker’s unions and lie to American citizens about what they were actually consuming in order to simply acquire more money. In a most literal sense men’s bodies were routinely exploited for unrelenting dangerous labor then discarded as the human body began to break. Instead of being reward... ... middle of paper ... ...ead. Unfortunately this was the reality for typical immigrant workers like Sinclair’s fictitious Jurgis and most had no choice but to try and survive in the factories.
Workers in the fast food industry face strenuous and inadequate conditions in their workplaces for little pay and long hours. Fast food chains purposely hire socially marginalized workers because they have limited skill-sets and are ideal contenders to endure such conditions. Meatpackers are frequently injured on the job; they suffer stabbings and lose limbs, as well as the sanitation workers who clean up after in the slaughterhouses. The employees in the restaurants experience poor working environments while the physical laborers risk losing their lives in such dangerous surroundings. Improvements are vastly needed in the fast food workplaces and actions can be taken to provide considerably better working circumstances such as enforcing stricter health sanitation laws, specific instructions for handling food, higher pay for workers, and safety regulations involving machinery.
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