Upton Sinclair and His Influence on Society

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Upton Sinclair, the famous American author, wanted to be a great influence on society. He was born in 1878 in Baltimore, Maryland, from a family of Southern aristocracy. His father was an alcoholic and his mother came from a wealthy family. When Sinclair was ten, the family moved to New York. His father sold hats and spent his evenings in bars coming home drunk every night. As a child, Sinclair was an excellent reader and scholar. By the age of fourteen, he began writing in his spare time. He attended Columbia University and later he moved to Quebec, Canada. There he lived in extreme poverty; not knowing from where his next meal would come. Through poverty, Sinclair came to see the advantages of being a socialist. By the age of twenty he became a dedicated socialist. After all of his struggles through childhood and young adulthood, his writing ended up having the deepest social impact upon the public since Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin. This was accomplished through his works such as The Jungle, King Coal, Oil!, and Boston. His work reflects socialistic views and he achieved worldwide recognition extremely easily. He influenced society through the publication of The Jungle, which led to the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906. He also responded to other people's criticism of his works through letters and articles and wrote numerous influential novels about things that were happening during the time period he lived. The publication of The Jungle influenced many people. Middle-class readers recognized a direct effect on the meat they consumed. The Jungle had a great influence on family life and the way people thought about what they were eating. After reading the book, adults in families were very skeptic... ... middle of paper ... ...ould find out the facts by reading a newspaper or listening to the radio, but he also knew that he could touch people's hearts through stories and novels. He developed his characters thoroughly and placed them in realistic situations. In The Jungle, the immigrant family of Jurgis showed their enthusiasm for the American dream. They worked hard, spent time together, and were honest; just like the typical American family. As a result, the family became overcome by greed and began spiraling down into a final collapse. The typical American public could relate to the family; because most every family goes through periods of wealth and poverty. Sinclair influenced society through intense character development, real situations, and drama. In return, society called him one of the greatest influences since the Civil War and Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin.
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