The main theme of The Jungle is the evil of capitalism. Each event, particularly in the first twenty-seven chapters of the book, has been deliberately chosen to depict a specific failure of capitalism, which Sinclair believes is inhuman, destructive, unjust, brutal and violent.
What was the author’s purpose in writing “The Jungle”? Sinclair wanted his novel to call attention to the atrocities committed against the working class in 19th-century Chicago, particularly against European immigrants. It was Sinclair’s hope that wealthy people who read his novel would advocate for social change in this direction.
The main storyline of The Jungle follows Lithuanian immigrant Jurgis Rudkus, who came to the United States hoping to live the American Dream, and his extended family, which includes Ona, Jurgis’ wife; Elzbieta, Ona’s stepmother; Elzbieta’s six children; Marija, Ona’s cousin; and Dede Rudkus, Jurgis’ father.
What was Sinclair’s intention in writing The Jungle? 1. Generate sympathy for the working class and build support for the socialist movement.
Sinclair wanted to illustrate the plight of immigrants in Chicago at the turn of the century; Providing details and examples of abuses in the meatpacking industry solely as a means of demonstrating their problems.
The Jungle ends with the speaker leading the crowd with chants of “Chicago will be ours! CHICAGO WILL BE OURS!” incites. Marija cannot leave her new life. This harsh reality is obvious, and to do so would undermine everything else in the text.
“Packingtown”, Chicago’s meatpacking district in the early 1900s.
Unconvincing as a socialist novel: The ending, in which Jurgis Rudkus converts to socialism, is the worst part of the book.