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The Jungle Essay

1057 words - 5 pages

Kayla A. Simmons

1a. Wage slavery is basically a way of corrupting the minds of the lower class. The lower class needs the money so; they will do anything to get it because they have to survive. For example, when Ona got raped, Phil threatened to take their jobs away from them if she told; knowing that wouldn’t be an option for her. The upper class has control over them because they have something the lower class absolutely needs. “Then he threatened me. He knew all about us, he knew we would starve. He knew your boss—he knew Marija's. He would hound us to death, he said—then he said if I would—if I —we would all of us be sure of work—always. Then one day he caught hold of me—he would ...view middle of the document...

They had the workers in fear to the point where they were dogs and obeyed every command. The workers could not be late to work it all, not even a minute or it would cost them their wage. “If they be one minute late, he will be docked down an hours pay, and if he be many minutes late, he will be apt to find his brass check turned to the wall, which will send him out to join the hungry mob that waits every morning at the gates of the packing house, from six o’ clock until nearly half past eight,” The bosses could give any reason to fire someone, then pay the next person less because they wanted the job. The less the bosses have to pay, the more money they get to keep. They were greedy and selfish, but it all comes down to power.

2. The Muckraking Era was a time when journalists dug up negative aspects of a person or place that the public did not know. Things that were kept from the public on purpose, the journalists would let it be known because it is only fair that the people know what is going on. An example of muckraking in the book was when Sinclair talked about what really went on while the meat was being packaged; such as them not fully inspecting the meat. “The meat would be shoveled into carts, and the man who did the shoveling would not trouble to lift out a rat even when he saw one – there were things that went into the sausage in comparison with which a poisoned rat was tidbit.” (Sinclair 162) Chapter 14. Sinclair was trying to alert the people of what they were eating and that it wasn’t all clean. When attention is brought to things like this, the government gets involved and they start to make procedures on how things should be done. When muckrakers revealed truths about things, it caused people to make positive and healthy changes to America.

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