Poverty In Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle Essay

Society today is pretty rough these days. We have 5.1% unemployment rate, minimum wage isn’t enough to pay for all of you living expenses, The wealth and poverty gap is growing. Now in 2015 sounds like it’s a hard time to live in. Not even the worst of what we have now can compare to the conditions of the very early 1900’s. Most people waited days to get any job ; minimum wage was not around this time ; and some were lucky to make 4 dollars an hour (adjusted to inflation). What is thought of as poverty now would have been a life of luxury to 1900’s, more specifically, Jurgis an immigrant working man. In The Jungle written by Upton Sinclair, Jurgis and his family suffer and experience hardships in almost every area of their lives.The most traumatic experiences for Jurgis and his family were the loss of many family members, the hardship of obtaining a safe job, and falling victim to swindling.
One of the traumatic experiences Jurgis dealt with was the lost of many of his family members. Throughout the book many of Jurgis’ family members dies. Most of them died because of poor conditions they had to live through to survive. Because they barely had enough money to buy a house as a family of 5 working members, they could never afford good food, a doctor, or any first aid supplies. After each family member’s death, he mourns the loss of them because he…

The most traumatic experiences for Jurgis and his family were falling victim to swindling, the hardship of obtaining a job, and the loss of many family members. The Jungle was based on a true story with many others like it, but since then many big improvements of working conditions(of workers) , laws, and food production have been made. While it might be true that in 2015 society has a lot to improve upon there are many things we have now and take for granted that we’re not around the time period of the early…