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How can a summary of Upton Sinclair be connected to his most famous work?

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ilove2learn2010 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 2) Honors

Posted January 31, 2011 at 11:04 AM via web

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How can a summary of Upton Sinclair be connected to his most famous work?

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

Posted January 31, 2011 at 7:24 PM (Answer #1)

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The most overwhelming fact about Sinclair's life was that he started out a Socialist thinker and followed this throughout his life.  Sinclair believed from an early age that the answer to the condition of the modern setting was to embrace a Socialist approach to modern consciousness.  This theme is present in many, if not all, of his writings.  This level of commitment to the cause is something worthy of note.  Throughout his professional life and successes, Sinclair never lost sight of this vision.  It helped him found a chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and continue to use his craft of writing to offer Socialist critiques of the modern nation.  This is best seen in his work, The Jungle. The work highlights the trials of a Lithuanian immigrant, Jurgis, who is struggling with his belief in the American dream.  Jurgis recognizes, as the reader does, that the fault is not as much with him, but with a vision of success where few succeed and even fewer are in control.  In the composition of The Jungle, Sinclair was able to bring significant attention to food preparation and the basic idea that capitalism in America had created, in a sense, "two Americas" with one that possessed power and one did not, as well as the need to rectify such a predicament.

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