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It can be argue that the rise of industrialism in America promotedself-sufficiency and an opportunity for individuals to rise from povertyto social equality however the novella Life in the Iron-Millsexemplifies how industrial America created a capitalist society that isdeprived of social consciousness Due to the lack of social awarenesssociety failed to addressed many of the social issues of the time InLife in the Iron-Mills Rebecca Harding Davis utilized realisticelements to contradict this rag to riches believe by highlighting theexploitation of industrial workers socioeconomic injustice andsocietys failure and unwillingness to address social issuesDavis creates a realistic verisimilitude in this novella painting anhonest portrait of the working condition of the miners The expeditiousgrowth of industrialism brought fourth an increase of covetouscapitalist more concern with money rather than the welfare of theirworkers As evident with the realistically sublime depiction of themills and the workers Davis illuminates an unsettling visual for thereaders She Invites her readers into the city of fires that burnedhot and fiercely in the night to witness the crowds of half-cladmen working as they look like revengeful ghosts She describesthe work place as a street in hell In this Devils place themen becomes a vast machinery of system by which the bodies of workmenare governed that goes on unceasingly from year to year 24 HughWolf is only one of many who suffers and endure this severe circumstancein order for the business owners to profit Her realistic description isalmost too harsh for a readers eyes nevertheless Davis purposefullycalls her audience attention to this inferno and she asks readers totake an in-depth look into an inhumane situation that is too quicklyoverlook The condition these industrial workers exist in is not fortheir own gain rather for the substantial gain of others who possess noconsideration or guilty conscious about the brutal environment in whichthe workers must survive For these workers Survive they must The socioeconomic injustice theyare subdue to lives very little opportunities to escape the brutalcondition of their existence
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