Ed. X.J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia. 3rd Compact ed. New York: Longman 2003.
6th ed. Boston, New York: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2004. 243-58. Print.
With the details of the meatpacking industry, the government investigated and the public cried out in disgust and anger. The novel was responsible for the passage of The Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906. With the impact that Sinclair must have known this book would have, it is interesting that he also apparently tried to make it fuction as propaganda against capitalism and pro-socialism. Work Cited: Sinclair, Upton. The Jungle.
eds. Gerald Graff, James Phelan. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2004. 456-66.
The title itself contains the metaphoric purpose. “The Jungle” is a metaphor that symbolizes the socially twisted American city in the terms of socialism. It is like impenetrable forest of stone trees where people lose their values and ideologies. We can oversee the elements of metaphor in the... ... middle of paper ... ...ite the charter of your liberties?” (4) “Can you not see that the task is your task—yours to dream, yours to resolve, yours to execute?”(4) It is a great deal when Sinclair describes the atmosphere of moral decay, applying the critical pronouns – I, me, you, they – to show the almost global scales of the problem that concerns every common citizen of America. Every single rhetorical technique such as metaphor, parallelism, simile, key words or amplification is aimed to enforce the atmosphere of merciless and uncompromised social naturalism and unfold the disgusting truth to people.
Sinclair, a muckraking journalist of the early 1900s exposed to the nation an industry grounded by the principles of deceit and filth, and offered a new resolution to end this problem. The novel and its massive depiction of the grotesque and unsanitary conditions created an impetus for the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act and the Meat Inspection Act (McCage 1) which transformed American lifestyle. The Jungle is notorious for exposing the grotesque and unsanitary conditions that existed in the meat packing industry; however, the novel’s purpose expands beyond this issue and reveals the disillusionment of the American dream, the evils of a capitalistic system, and a feasible plan to end corruption. Upton Sinclair’s novel adequately portrays how repulsive and disheartening the working conditions in the 1900’s really were. Through the eyes of Jurgis Rudkus, a strong young Lithuanian man, and his family, Sinclair is able to display the grotesque and stomach churning nature of the meatpacking industry in the early 20... ... middle of paper ... ...3.