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In The Jungle by Upton Sinclair the lives of immigrants during the turn of the 20th century are shown Jurgis Rudkus a young Lithuanian like many other young European men of the time plans to move to America and start a new life with his fianc and become rich Though he finds out that things are not as easy as theyre made out to be He is beaten down again and again by the corporations and the politicians of Chicago The immigrants who become the lowest class of American society are not that way because of lack of hard work or effort they toil in factories and yards just managing to scrape together a livingThe book starts with Jurgis and Ona his fianc being married in traditional Lithuanian style As custom the guests are required to give money to the newly wedded so they have something to begin their new lives with What made all this the more painful was that it was so hard on the few that had really done their best There was poor old Jokubas for instance -he had already given five dollars and did not everyone know that Jokubas Szedvilla had just mortgaged hisdelicatessen store for two hundred dollars to meet several months overdue rent21This acts as a foreshadowing of the life that Jurgis and his family are to live It seems little at the time but as the story progresses it hints at the hardships that will befall them in AmericaIn the beginning all immigrants are ignorant of the hardships they have agreed to face This was one of my thoughts as I read this passage and at the time it didnt seem like anything to draw concern but upon further reflection it showed me how truly ignorant and how unlucky they were This passage struck me as unnecessarily melancholy as I read it and now it seems almost commonplace after reading the bookAs Jurgis sets out to
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