Originally the family has each other to fall back on, but eventually members of the family must face numerous struggles on their own, including “hoboing it” and becoming a prostitute. The Jungle, a naturalistic novel by Upton Sinclair, reveals the detrimental effects that a life of poverty exerts on the familial relationships of immigrants in Chicago during the early 1900’s. The most obvious effect of poverty remains the material aspect. The family has no money, therefore they cannot afford a good of decent quality. They can only purchase subpar goods.
There are also many causes of poverty in America also. Issues like not being able to pay for rent or mortgage, being fired or laid off from work and struggling to find a new, decent paying job that can support you and your family also pay for the necessities that 's needed to keep you and your family healthy. Poverty is a huge social problem in America that should be stopped as soon as
This is at an all time high. Welfare is an unfair system, people throughout the United States abuse the system daily, the needy are not receiving the correct amount of help, and many people are living off of the benefits as a monthly income and do not use the benefits they receive on things that are actually needed, therefore Americans who are capable of working and do not have a disability should not be able to collect welfare for the rest of their lives. Welfare began as a result of the Great Depression. It was officially started in August of 1935, and was created to help people with little or no income. Millions of people were laid off of their jobs, and left with nothing.
When higher prices are demanded, revolt was put in their mind. These set the government officials off and they were either killed or left. These actions completely devastated the feudal system. Vassal was no longer subjected to lord because the lords were no longer providing for the vassal, but running for their lives from the plague, or dying. “Kings and dukes now had to bargain with their laborers over working conditions, and the under-classes were able to demand better compensation for their services.” 7 After the plague in the city of Halesowen, “82% of the plague-vacated holdings were taken up by new tenants within the year.” For those young, new people, the plague gave rise to opportunities to fit into the privileged tenant class.
Millions of dollars were lost, companies went out of business, people lost savings and those who had borrowed money had to sell their homes. It is important that it is set during the American depression as many normal people who were already living the American dream of owning land and having money, lost their dream as businesses folded and money lost it's value. If ... ... middle of paper ... ... Steinbeck builds up a scenario where we almost know what is going to happen to Curley's wife. Youalso begin to realize how Lennie's weakness will destroy the dream as George's poor judgment when he decides to stay when he knew that Lennie would cause problems. It is clear that this book portrays how dreams often go wrong.
Russle and his family ended up moving into Elizabeth’s brothers home, in the book she stated, “For the first time in her life she needed charity.” This shows that upon the death of her husband, the whole family no longer had the money to live the lifestyle they had and they needed a little bit of help to get started with creating a new life. When Russle turned eight years old his mother had suggested for him to get a job, so he began working at Journalism Company. In the novel we see many examples of transition of America interfering on the Baker family. One of them is his when his mother debates on Women’s suffrage in 1913. During the change of America, his mother saw the difference of men and women.
It gave an informative view of what life was like in America at the time. Important topics like immigration, working conditions and sanitation issues of the time were all addressed well in the novel. Immigration was one of the heavy themes in the novel, including where immigrants came from and why they came to America, and how they were treated once they got here. The story is about a man from Lithuania, Jurgis Rudkus, who takes his family to America in hopes of attaining the American Dream. A family he knows has lost all their money to creditors in Lithuania and now have nowhere to live, but a member of the family, Jonas, talks about how a friend he knows who immigrated to America and had great success.
Schliemann, a socialist, explains that "anyone would be able to support himself by an hour's work a day." Sinclair goes even further by referring to socialism as the "new religion of humanity" to oppose the "jungle" in which the workingman slaves. Finally, Sinclair tries to convert his readers to socialism and reject capitalism by using numbers. At the end of the novel, he shows the increasing popularity of socialism as the number of votes increase. In Chicago, the number of votes for socialism started at next to nothing and, by the end of the book, there were nearly fifty thousand votes.
Escaping poverty in their native country, with a heartbreaking loss of a family member, the entire group packs up and heads for the highway so to speak to achieve wealth in America. The novel begins with a lovely wedding between Ona and Jurgis. The reception followed tradition, but the younger generation didn’t participate in the usual customs of a wedding. This just went to show how different the two countries really are. Struggling to pay the cost of the reception, everyone must leave early to go to work the next morning, including the wife and groom.
It describes a lot of the locals as well. They got to this point because about a year ago back in Lithuania, Jürg had fallen in love with Ona. He dreams is to start a family. They can't get married though because of Ona's father. After bad fortune strikes both of their families decide to move to America.