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Upton Sinclairs The Jungle is a very powerful piece of literature devoted to shaking the corrupt foundations of the meat packing industries of Chicago during the turn of the century Sinclairs purpose is clear to expose the truth about the filthy ways of the citys establishments and to deliver justice to the common workingman In order to achieve his desired goal Sinclair incorporates the use of a fictional immigrant family in the city of Chicago By telling the story of this family he reveals factual evidence of the improprieties committed by the meat packing industry along with other industries as well during the time The family he created for his purpose was a group of fresh immigrants from Lithuania coming to America in hope of a better life Sinclair picked Chicago among other cities as the setting because Chicago had the worst examples of the poor living conditions of average people Sinclair begins the book with mild revelations of corruption When the family first arrived to their destination they were subject to many schemes which either tricked them or took their money In Chapters 4-7 He reveals how real estate agents misled them into believing they owned the house they paid weekly for and how the charges of interest were conveniently left out of their conversations The family could barely understand English much less be able to read a contract for a house They would have their whole family set to work and could barely survive of the scraps of food they bought while paying for the house which was rather old although they were told it was brand new Such examples of trickery are described throughout the entire book Another such example would be when Jurgis the main character and patriarch of the diminishing immigrant family had managed to get a hold of a one hundred dollar bill and when he was forced to buy something with it because he had not a cent
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