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Upton Sinclairs The Jungle is the tale of a Lithuanian immigrant Jurgis Rudkus and his family Jurgis and his family move to the United States in the middle of the Industrial Revolution only to find themselves ill-equipped for the transition in the workplace and in society in general Jurgis faces countless social injustices and through a series of such interactions the theme of the book is revealed the support of socialism over capitalism as an economic and social structureJurgis learns soon after transplanting his family that he alone cannot earn enough to support his entire family in spite of the intensity of his valiant efforts to work harder Soon his wife and the rest of his family are working as well all attempting to chip in to cover family expenses However such exposure proves itself to be too dangerous and detrimental to the Rudkuses Jurgis becomes hardened by his negative experiences as he realizes that in a capitalist society like the one he was living in there is no justice Hard work is not justly rewarded and often times corruption is rewarded in its place Through and through he sees that capitalist life is not fair Soon he is injured on the job and is forced to stay home and out of work while his mangled foot healsJurgis is sidelined from work for two months and upon his return he finds himself replaced by another worker Desperate for a job he takes a dreaded position at the glue factory Hi wife is pregnant his family is working themselves to the breaking point and the bills are getting the best of them Jurgis turns to drinking Things get worse He learns that his wife has been forced to have sex with her boss Jurgis in a rage attacks the man at the Packing house and is arrested for battery He spends a month in jail at which time he meets Jack Duane a character who
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