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Download it! Historical Context of The Jungle The Jungle 's horrifying revelations of unsanitary practices in the meatpacking industry scandalized the public and spurred the passage of two pieces of legislation: the U. Other Books Related to The Jungle The Jungle is one of the best-known examples of muckraking journalism, a turn-of-the-century genre of works that aimed to expose underlying ills in society.
The muckraking tradition was influenced by Jacob Riis's How the Other Half Lives , a photojournalistic chronicle of the dangerous slums that housed immigrants in New York City. Building on Riis's work, Lincoln Steffens's muckraking classic, The Shame of the Cities , offered a condemnation of the public's role in sustaining corrupt business and politics. Rockefeller's oil empire to highlight its unethical practices. Cite This Page.
MLA Chicago. Sobel, Ben. Retrieved July 5, Copy to Clipboard. However, Jurgis is injured by a speeding train that breaks his arm. The accident leaves him unable to work for months.
He has no choice but to beg on the streets. One night, Jurgis is befriended by a drunk, wealthy man in a bar. The man gives Jurgis a hundred dollar bill. When he tries to change it, the bartender steals it. Jurgis gets into a fight with the bartender, only to find himself arrested and jailed for ten days.
When Jurgis is released from jail, he teams up with a former cellmate and begins robbing people for money. Then Jurgis becomes involved in an election scam that takes him back to the packing houses. When the packing house workers strike, Jurgis crosses the picket lines and becomes a scab. Unfortunately, one night Jurgis sees the man who slept with his wife and attacks him again, causing him to be arrested again.
Jurgis makes bail and runs away to the city. One night, while living on the streets, Jurgis hears a speech by a Socialist. Jurgis adopts the Socialist Party immediately, gets a new job, and finds his scattered family. Jurgis begins providing for the stepmother, but Marija makes the decision to remain a prostitute, convinced she has no opportunities outside of her chosen lifestyle. Read more from the Study Guide. Browse all BookRags Study Guides. Copyrights The Jungle from BookRags. All rights reserved.
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