The constant bad luck that happens to Jurgis is later connected to the faults of capitalism and how corrupt it is for the working class in this society. Soon Jurgis could not support his family on his own and eventually the entire family needs to get a job to pay for their costs. Sinclair builds sympathy for Jurgis and his family throughout the beginning of the novel but also depicts the poverty of the working class and how they are equally struggling to make a living. Sinclair emphasizes the unfairness of capitalism within the struggles of the working class which helps bring most of the attention to the laborious lives th... ... middle of paper ... ... novel. Since scamming is the only way to survive in Jurgis’ world, then it will be done to the vulnerable immigrant families that can not have a say in anything.
Many farmers could not compete with these low prices and lost or sold their farms. These people were not only a burden but also had little to do but cause trouble and contribute to an ever increasing crime rate.” With so many unemployed people in Germany at the time of the Great Depression, they started asking for loan... ... middle of paper ... ... can and have fallen from reasons such as unemployment, political corruption, and fast expansion, all coming from the inside. There have been many reasons that societies have come and gone, and I believe that all of the ones I have stated are big contributors that will get to the United States one day and ultimately lead to our fall. Works Cited http://www.rome.info/history/empire/fall/ http://alphahistory.com/weimargermany/great-depression/ http://www.edu.gov.mb.ca/k12/cur/socstud/foundation_gr8/blms/8-3-5e.pdf http://www.ushistory.org/civ/6f.asp http://www.ukapologetics.net/weimar.html http://www.lookandlearn.com/blog/17632/the-rise-and-fall-of-ancient-greece/ http://www.examiner.com/article/overexpansion-and-the-fall-of-the-roman-empire http://www.historyonthenet.com/Chronology/timelinenazigermany.htm http://www.livius.org/maa-mam/macedonia/macedonia4.html
Thus, migrant farmers found at their great surprise a city in which competition, insincerity, lack of consideration for others and excessive quest for material comfort are the main behaviors. In other words, an intense individualism resulting from an extreme greediness was the source of all evils that American society had endured during the thirties. In fact, Steinbeck shows how the American materialism is so terrible in our country, we're used to being considered as a reference. This extreme materialism makes people heartless because rich landowners exploit small farmers. Thus, farmers are paid so lowly wages that they can survive and keep on working for wealthy property-owners.
Workers Conditions in 19th Century Europe What would it be like to be forced to work long hours for little pay? What feelings would you have after being treated horribly at your workplace? Many workers had to face hardship while working in the factories of 19th century Europe. This was caused by careless government and factory owners. The workers had terrible lives because of low wages and inability to advance in social class.
To some readers Jurgis and his family face massive hardships such as cruel and hazardous working conditions, poverty and famine, corrupt businessmen who take their money and crooked politicians who take advantage of them. To other readers, Jurgis and his family made rash and senseless decisions on their own. Upton Sinclair's The Jungle accentuates the manipulation of many immigrants as they attempt to achieve the unachievable "American Dream". Upton Sinclair would explain the hardships experienced by Jurgis Rudkus as a graphic portrayal of political, economic, and health care corruption existing in Chica... ... middle of paper ... ...r Jurgis, as a sort of working mule; he, too, had felt the world's injustice, but instead of bearing it patiently, he had struck back, and struck hard. He was striking all the time there was war between him and society.
As Jonathan Swift once said, “Nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches as to conceive how others can be in want.” The Great Depression was a time of considerable sorrow for countless people across the United States. A crumbling economy and suffering industry coupled with hard climate conditions caused widespread unemployment, and forced a multitude of people off of their land. Entire plantations were crushed due to the lack of growing crops, and families were forced to migrate thousands of miles in order to seek a new and better life. Yet not all felt the hard effects of this bleak era. Many of the larger corporations and banks who fared better contributed to the amount of depression among the people by forcing people who could not pay for their mortgaged land off of it.
In the meantime, he describes the issues with gender as well as poverty. He emphasizes that millions of people in the United States share their story. The working class is depicted as "dependent for its opportunities of life upon the whim of men every bit as brutal and unscrupulous as the old-time slave drivers” (Sinclair, 123). Capitalist business owners kept them on a perpetual cycle of poverty and ‘slavery’. The ever-growing division between rich and poor enhances the family’s discrimination.
Employees are subject to harassment and violent punishments if work is not being completed as thoroughly and efficiently as the contractors would like. Workers slave under unfavourable conditions for up to 14-hour days often with no breaks. These employees are paid less than $100 US and work on average over 250 hours per month. "Substandard wages keep factory workers in poverty and force them to work excessi... ... middle of paper ... ... strongly suggest that awareness of sweatshop abuses is turning consumers away from Nike.” (International Nike Mobilization - www.haleokala.com). Nike has been under a great deal of pressure to correct the misdoings that have been done regarding production facilities in the East.
On top of all these unreasonable conditions employees may be subject to mental or even physical abuse brought on to them by their employer. One of the most central attributes to sweatshops is the employee’s low wage. The main reaso... ... middle of paper ... ...n order to try and provide for themselves and their family. Once employed these foreign workers understand they cannot sufficiently provide for their family but are trapped in these inadequate conditions due to lack of opportunity elsewhere. These background conditions is what attracts the egoist shareholder who is involved in the “race to the bottom” to increase profit margins.
However, Jack takes this trivial piece of history and treats himself as if he were the richest man alive. This idea of wealth without working hurts Tess and her family throughout the novel. Her family and their working class lifestyle are representative of the struggles of the working class in England. The fictional country of Wessex, where Tess and her family lived, was intended to show trials and tribulations of the rural people during the industrial revolution and social dislocation (Ghosh 6474). The industrial revolution caused problems for many of the people of Dorset, Hardy’s native land.