Briefly describe Socialism is shown in Sinclair's novel.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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In the most cliched of ways, socialism is shown to be "the answer."  Prior to his indoctrination into socialism, Jurgis had come to blame himself for his own predicament.  At other moments, Jurgis simply failed to understand his own condition.  Socialism provides the vocabulary that enables him to understand how the configuration had been rigged in Packingtown against someone like Jurgis to be successful.  Socialism is depicted as a galvanizing force, something that can mobilize individuals into action.  Socialism's message is something that has immediate resonance with Jurgis because it explains so much of his life.  When Jurgis recognizes the power of Socialism, something shown to foster a real community where bonds between human beings are upheld and validated, it makes Jurgis understand the need to take action and to transform what is into what should be.  It is here where I think that Sinclair shows Socialism to be the only possible force that can remedy the condition for those who are under the heel of capitalism.  Socialism is the theoretical thread by which unity and a sense of redemption can be woven into Sinclair's narrative.


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