Determine the tone that Sinclair uses in regard to the two characters that are introduced in lines 21-25 of The Jungle?

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In the opening of his novel, Sinclair uses a kind of ironic but sympathetic tone to suggest that the marriage between Ona and Jurgis will, despite their happiness on their wedding day, lead to tragedy and disappointment. Ona is portrayed as vulnerable and fragile. She desperately wants to be happy...

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In the opening of his novel, Sinclair uses a kind of ironic but sympathetic tone to suggest that the marriage between Ona and Jurgis will, despite their happiness on their wedding day, lead to tragedy and disappointment. Ona is portrayed as vulnerable and fragile. She desperately wants to be happy on her wedding day, and she is trembling with excitement. However, the emotion of the day is too much for her, and she seems like she is too weak to take it.

In addition, the couple are portrayed as entirely mismatched. Ona is fair and small, while Jurgis, her groom, is dark and powerful. Sinclair portrays them as a couple that seems unlikely to be together. The author conveys that the bride and groom are ill suited to each other in some ways and uses irony to paint them as incongruous and overwrought on what should instead be a day of happiness and perfect unity.

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In these lines, we are introduced to two central figures in the novel, Ona Lukoszaite and Jurgis Rudkus, Lithuanian immigrants who have just gotten married. Sinclair's tone toward them is kindly and sympathetic, and a bit condescending. He refers to Ona as "little," a first sign of the fragility that will make her life as a struggling immigrant difficult in the cruel, capitalist world of Chicago. She is young, fair, a teenager and described as "a mere child." Jurgis, in contrast, is big and burly, their pairing described as incongruous. Yet Sinclair raises our sympathy for these two, the shy, innocent bride in her short white veil, twisting her hands together in her new white gloves, the groom large and protective, able to hoist great weights of meat. Our sympathy flows out toward the bride, full of joy and gentleness, as well as to the groom, nervous and shy at his wedding, despite his tremendous physique. They are young innocents, not aware of how they are going to be exploited and ground up by the system. 

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