Essay title: The Jungle
conditions of a Lithuanian family that moved to the US, and had to work, live, and die for the food companies in Chicago. “The Jungle” spurred a movement in the American people to do something about the problems facing the American food supply.
Because of the growing concern about the quality of food in America the government took action to prevent further problems. Thus the Food and Drug Act of 1906 was passed to fix the problems. The Food and Drug Act was a true example of how the people of our nation influenced the government to take action, to solve a growing problem effecting the American people. “The Jungle” talks about a couple who move to an area of Chicago, “known as Packtown,” from Lithuania. Packtown is the center of Chicago’s meat packing industry. It is a hard, dangerous, and filthy place where it is difficult to find a job.
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Some relatives of the couple and themselves get a house, but find out it is a swindle. Expenses increase and forces the children of the family to find work like the adults. Jobs in Packtown are back-breaking , unsafe, and have no regard for individual workers. The oldest of the family gets a job, but it is to difficult for the old man and he quickly dies. The man of the couple, “Jurgis,” is forced to work in an unheated packing house during the winter. Jurgis is injured and cannot work for three months receiving no pay. One of the children dies of food poisoning.
Jurgis joins a union and slowly begins to understand the way politics and bribery that control Packingtown. After attacking the boss of his wife for making her sleep with him, Jurgis is put in jail for a month. While in Jail the family has been evicted from there home and is living in a run-down boardinghouse. When Jurgis returns home he finds his wife in premature labor, and in the process of giving birth the child and her. Jurgis disappears on a drinking binge.
With the help of a wealthy woman who takes and interest in the family, Jurgis finds a job at a steel mill. He is renewed in hope dedicating himself to Antanas, “his son.” But Jurgis is distroyed when he discovers that Antanas has drown in the mud-logged street. Jurgis then abandons the rest of the family and disappears. After years of wondering from job to job, being injured, and being put back in jail for a month, Jurgis wonders into a socialist political rally. The speech the orator delivers inspires Jurgis, and he joins the socialist party. He gets a job in a socialist-run hotel and is reunited with a member of is family. The book ends with Jurgis having lost almost all of his family and life to the terrible conditions of life in Chicago, but gains new beliefs in socialism.
This is just a very shortened up summery of “The Jungle.” In many parts of the book it describes the rotten and diseased meat. “The cans have shiny, attractive surfaces but contain’s a mass of putrid meat unfit for Human consumption.
”(Sparknotes, Quotations) In one part of the book it talks about a man who would be shoveling the meat into carts, and would not trouble to lift out a rat even when he saw one. There were many things that went into the meat that made the poisoned rat as a tidbit. Men would have no place to wash their hands before eating, and so they washed them in the water tat was ladled into the sausage. Ends of meat, scraps of corned beef,.