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Upton Sinclairs most famous novel The Jungle not only symbolized an era where dirt and filth ran rampant in meat packing industry but it also exposed people to the natural human desire of greed power and corruptions This newly gained knowledge resulted in a socialist transformation The novel follows the lives a large Lithuanian family living during the early 1900s that immigrates to the United States in the pursuit of freedom and happiness The family of eleven took what little money they had with them to the United States with the hope of escaping poverty and providing a better life for their children After a long arduous journey across the Atlantic Ocean the family arrived in New York and was swindled out most of their savings by police who were supposed to protect them The family continued to travel to Chicago or Packing town where they finally settled down Upon arrival in Packing town the family found that the cost of living in the United States was far more expensive than in Lithuania Packingtown was a section of Chicago where the meat packing industry was centralized They took a tour of the plant and saw the unbelievable speed and efficiency at which the hogs or cattle were butchered cooked and shipped In Packingtown no part of the animal is wasted the tour guide explained They use everything about the hog except the squeal Sinclair 38 To further add to the familys problems they learned that the only employment available to non-English speaking and uneducated although hard-working immigrants like themselves was scarce unstable and even dangerous Packing town had been designed to make families depend on their employment in the factories When a factorys employee hurt themselves or was became ill they would quickly be tossed aside and replaced with a fresh worker Employers in Packing town demanded 16 hour workdays from their employees and rewarded them with meat infected with tuberculosis fatigue and low wages
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