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.
“Why did American nativist groups oppose free, unrestricted immigration in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries”? The Untied States of America is commonly labeled or thought of as the melting pot of the world where diverse groups of people flock to in order to better their current lives. In our countries history this has proven to primarily be our way of living and how the people as a nation view immigration. However, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries this open door mentality was quite the opposite to what the majority of people felt towards the idea of welcoming these huddled masses. Immigrants were not seen as equals or people willing to work hard for a better life but rather a diseased parasite that would suck the prosperous and prestigious life that the old immigrants had become accustomed to.
The worker would no longer stand for unjust treatment and thus the American worker did counteract the relationships between themselves and their employers. American industrialization relied upon poverty and immigration for its success. If immigrants had not worked for low wages at factories and industries the economic boom would not have taken place. The money made during the early nineteenth century was necessary to stimulate the growth in business. American workers finally became fed up with the unfair treatment they had been receiving, therefore they joined unions.
The impact and effects of Norther... ... middle of paper ... ...ution, a thriving American economy as well as dreams of escaping famine and oppression led immigrants to America. To the eyes of an endangered family that waits everyday to escape the pangs of hunger, America was a better life, and an almost unreachable goal. To the families that persevered, a new life may have awaited them; but for others, America may have held only poverty and hard labor. Interestingly, this is what the industrialized dream of America granted: chance; not a guarantee, nor even an opportunity in the strictest sense; just a chance. Through the Industrial Revolutions, more jobs were created; with the addition of more jobs, hopeful foreigners could immigrate.
He starts out young, strong, optimistic, and energetic but his idealism of the American Dream is slowly brought to oblivion by the oppressive conditions in Packingtown, which causes Jurgis to spiral into habits of drinking heavily and abandon... ... middle of paper ... ...lass group instead of believing he can rise above them. He realizes that as an individual he may not be able to succeed but as a part of the socialist party everyone can succeed together. Jurgis’ recognition that he is part of something bigger than himself restores his faith and serves as his entry into socialism. Sinclair uses Jurgis’ transition from peasant to capitalist to socialist as a model for all of his readers. James T. Adams and Upton Sinclair prove to have very different standpoints on the effectiveness and reality of the American Dream.
In fact, there are many substantial problems that occur in this novel but the most prevalent dilemmas are socialism, wage slavery, and the barrenness of the American Dream. Despite these dilemmas, I believe the author wants his readers to focus on his themes and see the disheartening truth of America’s corrupted past. Socialism is an essential theme in this novel that puts a lot of emphasis on its meaning. Socialism is a political and economic theory that supports ownership of production, distribution, and exchange by the community as a whole. Throughout the novel Jurgis’s immigrant family is slowly torn apart due to the bias economic and social system that America has.
The Book The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott. Fitzgerald, is a novel about a man named Nick Carraway meeting a very intriguing man, one who changes Nick 's perspective in life forever, named Jay Gatsby. Jay is a character who shows Nick and the readers that the American dream is possible and that new money is just as grand as old money. He is hardworking and although the way Gatsby earned all of his money is not the moral way of making it, he does what he needs to make his way from the bottom to the top. However, Nick soon learns that he did not create this magnificent life for just himself, in fact, he solely created his luxury for the beautiful Daisy, the love of Gatsby’s life.
Nick and Daisy are cousins, and Gatsby is a newly rich man who loves Daisy. Gatsby’s American Dream was to move up the social ladder and to reignite the love he and Daisy used to have a long time. He couldn’t make Daisy happy because his economical class wasn’t as high as hers. She wouldn’t marry him because he was lower than her. Like Karl Marx said, The rich will do anything for the poor but get off their backs.” This relates back to Gatsby and Daisy because Daisy didn’t help Gatsby go higher in social class.
Another problem laborers faced were the introduction to immigrants. Immigrants were coming to the United States of America from foreign land to work. With these immigrants, it kept the wages low because the immigrants were new inexpensive labor (Farless). With these labor problems, it was no surprise that rebellion was about to emerge between laborers and companies. Some of the rebellions of laborers included the H... ... middle of paper ... ...ion of Labor was a failure.
The Jungle Socialism During the late 1800's and early 1900's hundreds of thousands of European immigrants migrated to the United States of America. They had aspirations of success, prosperity and their own conception of the American Dream. The majority of the immigrants believed that their lives would completely change for the better and the new world would bring nothing but happiness. Advertisements that appeared in Europe offered a bright future and economic stability to these naive and hopeful people. Jobs with excellent wages and working conditions, prime safety, and other benefits seemed like a chance in a lifetime to these struggling foreigners.