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The Jungle By Upton Sinclair Earl Lee Kathleen DeGrave The Jungle She stood in the doorway shepherded by Cousin Marija breathless from pushing through the crowd and in her happiness painful to look upon There was a light of wonder in her eyes and her lids tremble

  • Title: The Jungle
  • Author: Upton Sinclair Earl Lee Kathleen DeGrave
  • ISBN: 9781884365300
  • Page: 448
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  • The Jungle By Upton Sinclair Earl Lee Kathleen DeGrave She stood in the doorway, shepherded by Cousin Marija, breathless from pushing through the crowd, and in her happiness painful to look upon There was a light of wonder in her eyes and her lids trembled, and her otherwise wan little face was flushed She wore a muslin dress, conspicuously white, and a stiff little veil coming to her shoulders There were five pink paper roShe stood in the doorway, shepherded by Cousin Marija, breathless from pushing through the crowd, and in her happiness painful to look upon There was a light of wonder in her eyes and her lids trembled, and her otherwise wan little face was flushed She wore a muslin dress, conspicuously white, and a stiff little veil coming to her shoulders There were five pink paper roses twisted in the veil, and eleven bright green rose leaves There were new white cotton gloves upon her hands, and as she stood staring about her she twisted them together feverishly.
    The Jungle By Upton Sinclair Earl Lee Kathleen DeGrave

    The Jungle Summary, Characters, Facts Britannica The Jungle, novel by Upton Sinclair, published serially in and as a single volume book in The most famous, influential, and enduring of all muckraking novels, The Jungle was an expos of conditions in the Chicago stockyards. Jungle Oct , Directed by Greg McLean With Daniel Radcliffe, Thomas Kretschmann, Joel Jackson, Yasmin Kassim A group of friends join a guide for a trek into the Bolivian jungle, searching for an Indian village The men soon realize that the jungle is a difficult place to be. The Jungle Study Guide SparkNotes The Jungle is a novel by Upton Sinclair that was first published in . The Jungle by Upton Sinclair The Jungle is a novel written by the American journalist and novelist Upton Sinclair Sinclair wrote the novel to portray the harsh conditions and exploited lives of immigrants in the United States in Chicago and similar industrialized cities.

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    1. Robert Isenberg on said:

      Naturally, my high school English teacher felt it necessary to assign The Jungle to read over Thanksgiving break As my Dad carved the turkey, the conversation went something like this MOM Could you pass the turkey ME Oh, yeah, great, why don t we pass the meat that untold numbers of Slavik immigrants had to die to process Why don t we just spit in the face of the proleteriat and laugh, knowing that he s too malnourished to fight back Are you okay ME Oh, sure, I m great And you know why Because m [...]

    2. Heidi on said:

      Whenever I ve asked someone if they have read The Jungle, and if they have not read it, they always respond, isn t that about the meat packing industry I think that response is exactly what the author was trying to point out is wrong with his society at the time It is true that the main character of the book at one point goes to work in a meat packing plant, and its disgusting, and when the book was published apparently the FDA was created as a result, or something The problem is, though, that t [...]

    3. Jason Koivu on said:

      Reading The Jungle will have you wringing your fists Upton Sinclair style Right up until I read it, The Jungle was one of those books I d always heard of, but not heard about I knew it was important, apparently, because everyone said so, but no one said why I guess I should have asked From what I gathered, it had something to do with the meat industry and its nefarious doings in the early 20th century, which led me to expect a dry, straight forward, tell all non fiction revealing corruption, wor [...]

    4. Rachel on said:

      written 6 03 Wow Now I can see why this book had such a big impression on those who read it in the early twentieth century Really heart wrenching and gut wrenching stuff There s the famous quote that Sinclair said he aimed for the public s heart and hit it in the stomach instead I guess people didn t care much for the Socialism stuff, but when they learned what exactly their sausage was made of, they got mad.It was surprising how much Sinclair reminds me of Ayn Rand, especially considering their [...]

    5. Roy Lotz on said:

      Every day in New York they slaughterfour million ducksfive million pigsand two thousand doves for the pleasure of the dying,a million cowsa million lambsand two million roosters,that leave the sky in splinters Federico Garc a LorcaI expected to dislike this book, because it is a book aimed at provoking outrage Outrage is a species of anger, and, like all species of anger, it can feel oddly pleasurable True, anger always contains dissatisfaction of some kind but anger can also be an enormously en [...]

    6. Danger on said:

      It s been a while since I read it, but I believe this book features a precocious young boy named Mowgli Rudkus who was raised by wolves After singing a bunch of songs with bears and orangutans in the jungles of India, Mowgli immigrates to turn of the century Chicago where he lives in abject poverty until he falls into an industrial meat grinder and becomes a hamburger He is later served to Theodore Roosevelt for Thanksgiving dinner, 1906 This book also has the distinction of changing America s p [...]

    7. Jed on said:

      if i had the words to describe the horror of reading this book, i d certainly find a way to put them here this was a physically challenging read, as it took an epic energy even to continue All the terrors you ve ever heard about what you might find in its pages are absolutely true the weight of it is oppressive it stinks with the filth of early america, it aches with excruciating poverty and unrelenting suffering, and it drips an inhuman avarice summoned from the darkest reaches of a roiling hel [...]

    8. Darwin8u on said:

      They use everything about the hog except the squeal Upton Sinclair, The JungleOne of the great social protest novels of the 20th Century The Jungle is at once an indictment on the treatment of immigrants, poverty, American wage slavery, and the working conditions at Chicago s stockyards and meatpacking plants and simultaneously an expos on the unsanitary conditions of the meat produced in the plants and led to Federal real food reform Did I like it Well, it pissed me off, so I thought it was a g [...]

    9. Kater Cheek on said:

      I have a tendency to be easily swayed by arguments, so I asked a well read friend for an antidote to Ayn Rand s ATLAS SHRUGGED She suggested this book If I ever get that wish where you get to resurrect people and have them at a dinner party, I m going to have Ayn Rand and Upton Sinclair there together That would be an awesome cage fight between the philosophers.This book has an actual story with actual sympathetic characters Well, they start out being sympathetic Jurgis and Ona are a young coupl [...]

    10. Edward on said:

      Introduction, by Ronald GottesmanSuggestions for Further ReadingA Note on the Text The Jungle

    11. AMD on said:

      I had to read this book in my high school U.S History class I was in an Academic class because due to scheduling conflicts, I could not be in either Honors or AP I hated this class I loved the teacher, but at one point the a student stopped class to ask what the difference between the U.S.S.R and Russia was I spent almost every class period simultaneously wanting to kill everyone and go get coffee with the teacher, but I never spoke out loud Incidentally, he told me I would like college much bet [...]

    12. Jonathan Ashleigh on said:

      This was a graphic look into the world of meat and it may have been the original Fast Food Nation The Dark Side of the All American Meal, but that just isn t what I am looking for in a book.

    13. Jan-Maat on said:

      As the animals are driven up the ramp into the slaughter house, killed, butchered and processed down to the last scraps of bone and hoof so too an immigrant family will be cozened, cheated, see their dreams shattered and families broken up It is one of a number of novels in which the slaughter house is both a metaphor for modern society and foreshadows the fate of the characters, which I suppose is appropriate in that the Chicago slaughterhouse, in which the incoming beasts were de constructed i [...]

    14. Jonfaith on said:

      It is impossible for me to review this without appearing to be pissy The work itself is barely literary The Jungle explores and illustrates the conditions of the meatpacking industry Its presence stirred outcry which led to much needed reforms Despite the heroics of tackling the Beef Trust, Upton Sinclair saw little need in the actual artful The protagonist exists only to conjoin the various pieces of reportage There isn t much emotional depth afforded, the characters motivations often appear sk [...]

    15. Jim on said:

      Somehow I never read this before, but I ve heard it was a classic not just a classic, but one that drove Theodore Roosevelt into attempting to clean up the mess of the Chicago stock yards eventually led to public exposure the FDA.enpedia wiki The_JungSinclair wasn t happy with the response I can see why About halfway through, I ve found the ills of the meat packing industry to be very much a secondary issue for Sinclair They re awful, but it s obvious that his first foremost thought is the pligh [...]

    16. Thomas on said:

      Even teachers get things wrong I remember throughout middle school and high school learning about The Jungle as the book intended to expose the American meatpacking industry And while it did to that, Upton Sinclair s mission which I discussed quite a bit in my Social Protest Literature course centered on exposing the evils of capitalism The public s reception of The Jungle exemplifies the doctrine of unintended consequences, as Sinclair himself writes I aimed at the public s heart, and by accid [...]

    17. Owlseyes on said:

      There s an interesting introduction into the world of this Lithuanian community of Chicago The main scene being the marriage of 16 year old, blue eyed Ona, running into tears often,with Jurgis, a much older man.Special attention has been given to the description of the characters dancing or just chatting over the table but center stage remains the trio band moving, sometimes, over the room Tamoszius, the 5 feet leader, the violin player, supported by another violin, of a Slovak man, and a third [...]

    18. Leah W on said:

      Things not to do tug on Superman s cape spit in the wind discuss The Jungle extensively in your junior year literature class directly before lunchtime on hot dog day mess around with JimI still don t eat hot dogs And I ate hot dogs up until then, despite having uncles who worked at the hot dog factory that weren t the most finger rich of individuals.Re read in 2005 for Gapers Block book club.

    19. Jason Pettus on said:

      Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcenter I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP it is not being reprinted illegally The CCLaP 100 In which I read for the first time a hundred so called classics, then write reports on whether or not they deserve the labelEssay 64 The Jungle 1906 , by Upton SinclairThe story in a nutshell Much of today s plot recap was cribbed from , for reasons that will become clearer below Originally published i [...]

    20. Chrissie on said:

      I found the first half of the book better than the last half It turns into a tract proselytizing socialism Upton Sinclair has a message to deliver The message is loud and clear The first half focuses upon an immigrant family from Lithuania Twelve people six kids and six adults, two of whom get married These two are Jurgis and Ona The central protagonist is Jurgis We follow him from the beginning of the book to the end We watch Jurgis and Ona and the other six adults in their struggle to survive [...]

    21. Eldonfoil TH*E Whatever Champion on said:

      What a disservice that this book is mostly read and remembered as a mere historical reference and expose on socialism and the meat packing industry The final four chapters which lapse into doctrine, preaching, and recruitment don t help any in casting off the label, but otherwise the book goes well beyond the Socialist politics which motivated Sinclair to write it The first three hundred pages focus on hardened descriptions of the physical and emotional tragedy of working class immigrants losing [...]

    22. David on said:

      With a hundred years of hindsight, we ve learned so little.Upton Sinclair s The Jungle is famous for disgusting America with its tales of meat packing workers falling into vats and rendered into lard, and all the things that went into sausages and tinned beef Cigar butts and poisoned rats not even being the most disgusting ingredients But as Sinclair said about his most famous book, I aimed at the public s heart, and by accident I hit it in the stomach The Jungle is not primarily about the probl [...]

    23. Marla on said:

      This is a shocking story about the meat packing industry The things that ended up in the meat It was also hard to hear what the workers went through and how this family struggled just to survive How their food was filled with nasty things, how people swindled them It was a hard life back then for immigrants Very good book to learn a little bit about America s history.

    24. Jose Moa on said:

      The Jungle is the most brutal social novel i have read in my life and i think ever written,is a masterpiece of social realism and a masterpiece of USA literature ,between others as Germinal by Zola,The Mother by Gorki or The grapes of Wrath by Steinbeck going a step further that Dickens or Galdos.The novel describes in the most cruel and gritty and sordid form the two descents to the hell of a inocent ,ignorant,poor but full of humanity family of Lithuanians grinded by the rotten corrupted meat [...]

    25. booklady on said:

      The Jungle wasn t quite what I was expecting, having always thought of it as just a piece about the meat industry In the beginning it seems to be a heart breaking story about a poor immigrant family come to Chicago in pursuit of the American dream who instead find themselves pawns of the corporate nightmare Despite all their best efforts they aren t going to beat the system, but still I found myself rooting for them and hoping against hope they would be able to make a go of things As the situati [...]

    26. Renee M on said:

      This was not an easy read But it was riveting Impossible to turn away as you watch the train heading toward disaster screeching and desperate and bloody as it hurtles over the bridge and into the immovable mountain of heartless self interest and unfair systems which let down the neediest The story of this immigrant family looking to find a better life was the story of too many in dark times But, what a powerful story Oh, and the meat packing practices were disgusting I came back to add a star, b [...]

    27. theduckthief on said:

      They could tell the whole hateful story of it, set forth in the inner soul of a city in which justice and honor, women s bodies and men s souls were for sale in the marketplace, and human beings writhed and fought and fell upon each other like wolves in a pit, in which lusts were raging fires, and men were fuel, and humanity was festering and stewing and wallowing in its own corruption The Good Jurgis Rudkus is a Lithuanian immigrant, newly landed in Chicago, IL with his extended family Like man [...]

    28. Kristen on said:

      There was no justice, there was no right, anywhere in it it was only force, it was tyranny, the will and the power, reckless and unrestrained They had ground him beneath their heel, they had devoured all his substance they had murdered his old father, they had broken and wrecked his wife, they had crushed and cowed his whole family and now they were through with him, they had no further use for him and because he had interfered with them, had gotten in their way, this was what they had done to h [...]

    29. AmberBug ** on said:

      shelfnotes reviewDear Reader,Imagine yourself standing in a puddle of blood, covering the entire floor All around you is corpses, the dead hanging from the ceiling to bleed dry The smell is so nauseous you don t understand how such a disgusting mess turns into food for the people This isn t a horror story or perhaps it is Upton Sinclair has created a jaw dropping story that inspired ACTUAL CHANGE This was a fictional story with truth woven through it, this truth will make you question your polit [...]

    30. Alissa Patrick on said:

      What I liked about this novel is that what I ve heard about it is NOTHING like what I had just read all I heard growing up is that its about how gross the meat industry was at the turn of the century.It is remarkable what this novel accomplished From Sinclair s account of the brutal and unsanitary conditions of the meat packing industry, it lead to the passage of the Meat Inspection Act Then later, in 1930, it became the Food and Drug Administration There s your history lesson for the day Well y [...]

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