CliffsNotes on Sinclair's The Jungle

CliffsNotes on Sinclair's The Jungle

CliffsNotes on Sinclair's The Jungle

CliffsNotes on Sinclair's The Jungle

Excerpt

“I aimed for the public’s heart, and by accident I hit it in the stomach.” Upton Sinclair used those words to describe the reaction his novel, The Jungle, received upon its initial publication. Sinclair intended to illustrate the plight of immigrants in Chicago at the turn of the century; providing details and examples of abuses in the meatpacking industry merely as a means of demonstrating their troubles. Instead of being one example of many hardships, those examples, revealed in fewer than twelve pages, became both the rallying cry for industrial abuse and the public perception of the entire thematic nature of the novel.

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