The Jungle Book Summary and Study Guide

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This book describes in extreme detail how life was like in the early industrial age. A family moves to Chicago in hopes for a better life, but get beaten down instead with many unfortunate events. They work all day and live in a horrible shack at night. Many characters die because of how bad the conditions are. Most of the time my face was twisted in horror with how descriptive their pains were. Through writing this book, Upton Sinclair caused many food laws to be passed. His main reason for writing the book though was to encourage socialism as the best form of government. He later wrote "People care more about their stomachs, then human rights".
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The review of this Book prepared by Melissa Pett

The Jungle chronicles the lives of a Lithuanian immigrant family that moves to industrial Chicago in the early 1900's. Living in “Packingtown,” the slums of the city, by night, and working in its monstrous meat processing factories by day, the family members toil arduously to survive, but are ultimately crushed by the weight of corrupt and greedy capitalist America. The spirit of the protagonists is challenged by the realization that the American Dream is a hollow institution.
The review of this Book prepared by Patrick Fisher

A family of Lithuanian immigrants come to America to start their new lives, but they discover that only the strong can survive.
The review of this Book prepared by Emily

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   depressed Time/era of story    -   1900-1920's Political/social activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   union leaders fighting for labor rights Life of a profession:    -   blue collar worker Poverty, surviving    -   Yes Kind of living:    -   general poverty story Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Eastern European


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest City?    -   Yes City:    -   dirty, grimy (like New York)    -   dangerous    -   rude people    -   Chicago Misc setting    -   prison

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