While there are already hints that things are not well with this couple — Ona has to go to work the next day or else "It will ruin us! Rewind a year or so to small town Lithuania. Jurgis falls in love with newly-orphaned Ona.
His father was a liquor salesman whose alcoholism shadowed his son's childhood. Priscilla Harden Sinclair was a strict Episcopalian who disliked alcohol, tea, and coffee. As a child, Sinclair slept either on sofas or cross-ways on his parents' bed. When his father was out for the night, he would sleep alone in the bed with his mother.
Sinclair later told his son, David, that around Sinclair's 16th year, he decided not to have anything to do with his mother, staying away from her for 35 years because an argument would start if they met. Sinclair had wealthy maternal grandparents with whom he often stayed.
This gave him insight into how both the rich and the poor lived during the late 19th century. Living in two social settings affected him and greatly influenced his books. Upton Beall Sinclair, Sr.
As he was growing up, Upton's family moved frequently, as his father was not successful in his career. He developed a love for reading when he was five years old.
He read every book his mother owned for a deeper understanding of the world. He did not start school until he was 10 years old.
He was deficient in math and worked hard to catch up quickly because of his embarrassment. Upton entered the City College of New York five days before his 14th birthday,  on September 15, He paid the one-time enrollment fee to be able to learn a variety of things.
He would sign up for a class and then later drop it. He also sold ideas to cartoonists. His only complaint about his educational experience was that it failed to educate him about socialism. Moir specialized in sexual abstinence and taught his beliefs to Sinclair.
He was taught to "avoid the subject of sex. Despite their close relationship, Sinclair identified as agnostic. When it was published two years later, it became a bestseller. He ran as a Socialist candidate for Congress. During his years with his second wife, Mary Craig, Sinclair wrote or produced several films.The Jungle is a novel written by the American journalist and novelist Upton Sinclair (–).
Sinclair wrote the novel to portray the harsh conditions and exploited lives of immigrants in the United States in Chicago and similar industrialized cities/5. Øverland, Orm (Fall ). "The Jungle: From Lithuanian Peasant to American Socialist". American Literary Realism.
37 (1): 1– Phelps, Christopher. "The Fictitious Suppression of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle". kaja-net.com Young, James Harvey (). "The Pig That Fell into the Privy: Upton Sinclair's The Jungle and Meat Inspection Amendments of ".
Jun 30, · The primary issues Sinclair addresses in the book are: meat eating, the plight of the working class, greed, and socialism. Although when it was first published The Jungle created an outcry for better regulation of meat production, in fact the book is strongly against the eating of animals at all.
Sinclair, Upton. The Jungle. New York: The Penguin Book, Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle is the story of an immigrant who came to America for a new beginning involving a “great” job.
The immigrant, Jurgis Rudkus, comes from a poor family in Lithuania and wants to now support his future wife, Ona Lukoszaite by working for a meatpacking . Test your knowledge of The Jungle with our quizzes and study questions, or go further with essays on the context and background and links to the best resources around the .
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