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As I opened the cover of The Jungle, I anticipated reading a tragic story about the
cruelness inflicted upon a poor, working-class family. I had read an excerpt from the
novel and had conversed with people who had read it; I thought the story was going to be
solid, and perhaps even entertaining. I was incredibly wrong. The beginning of the story
started out slow, as it was just another “American Dream” type story. Jurgis
and family came to the States seeking a better life and freedom from their
homeland’s injustices. The story had potential, but the redundancy of the
descriptions wore old. I only need to hear once or maybe even twice how cold the winters
were, or how evil the packing bosses were. The only parts that I thought had any value
were the descriptions of the working facilities and what foulness and corruption were
found within. Such descriptions were there solely for the shock or disgust of the reader.
The end of the story was extremely confusing. I can understand why Jurgis left his family
after the death of his young wife, and then the death of his only son. After his time in
the country and working for the political machines of Chicago, he became interested in the
idea of socialism. With the introduction of a socialist Jurgis, I wanted to put down the
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