The Power of Language In The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

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The truth can be very explicit, disgusting and revolting, but people have to find the forces to understand it and distinguish the real things from deception. The power of the language is noticed in numerous psychologically-philosophic and social scientific doctrines of human life as the mighty tool to hide and disclose the reality; run the crowd; force and motivate people to do certain things as well as stop them from doing of some actions at all. Unsurprisingly, but famous American writer Upton Sinclair understood the principle of language power better than anyone else in the dawn of 19th century. His works and activity could be compared with the business of muckrakers – the journalists who unfold the scandal and controversial facts about the social life of the country and secret deeds of government. Sinclair saw the things from within and he did not turn his face away from revolting reality of socialism. Instead, he looked in the eyes of human cruelty and brutality, underlining crucial moments of truth in own literature books. The grandiose rhetorical techniques and outstanding verbal approaches only fueled the interest of the public: as a result, Upton Sinclair won the hearts of thousands people due to his heartfelt language of explicit naturalism.

The fame and popularity came to Sinclair with the issuing of “The Jungle” – a sociological novel, the work of public and literature heritage. The story is narrating about the hard destiny of Lithuanian immigrants who seek for freedom and justice in American land. However, their new motherland treats them badly in spite of their fair and clear dreams: the immigrants become the hostages of merciless socialistic labor system of the United States. The main character Jurgis Rudkus suffer...

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... semantic amplitude, and the point of the paragraph is spun from the first to the last sentence with equal tension. Sinclair does not shy to use rhetoric questions which usually remain without answer, addressing them to the people of Chicago. “Will they write the charter of your liberties? 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 is aimed to enforce the atmosphere of merciless and uncompromised social naturalism that takes place in Chicago of that period.

Works Cited

Sinclair, Upton. The Jungle. Charleston, South Carolina: Forgotten Books, 1942. Print.

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