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Thomas Bells novel Out of this Furnace examines the mill workers in the late nineteenth century This was the period that many Europeans made the trip to America in search of a better life In hopes of one day going home wealthy these unskilled laborers worked long hours in dirty dangerous factories for measly wages that barely paid enough for room and board One of these hopefuls that Bell puts into perspective is Djuro Kracha In the novel Kracha comes to America with nothing and works hard for many years in a steel mill After some time Kracha becomes a prosperous entrepreneur of a butcher shop However through a series of events he loses everything his wife his business his land his home and his children Why did these things happen He brought upon himself the downfall because of his inability to resist temptation Kracha is a hard working man One of the underlying themes of Out of this Furnace is that hard work is supposed to be rewarded Unfortunately in the late 1800s one had to more than just work to become successful Luckily Kracha is also a smart man He sees an opportunity to start a business and runs away with it However from the very beginning we can see that Kracha has two weaknesses His first is Zuska Mihula a dark and mysterious woman he cannot keep his eyes off of Later on the reader is clued in to how much he really likes her when he is talking with his old friend Dubik I would have given every penny I had for half an hour alone with her 13 Kracha has spent all of his money on liquor to celebrate Zuskas birthday This explains why Kracha had to walk all the way form New York to White Haven He used the alcohol to coerce her into having sex with him but she would not concede to his desires Later in
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