Nov 07 2010

“we shall die” – The Jungle

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“That was two months ago. Then he wanted me to come – to that house. He wanted me to stay there. He said all of us – that we would not have to work. He made me come there – in the evenings. I told you – you thought I was at the factory. Then – one night it snowed, and I couldn’t get back. And last night – the cars were stopped. It was such a little thing – to ruin us all. I tried to walk, but I couldn’t. I didn’t want you to know. It would have – it would have been all right. We could have gone on – just the same – you need never have known about it. He was getting tired of me – he would have let me alone soon. I am going to have a baby – I am getting ugly. He told me that – twice, he told me, last night. He kicked me – last night – too. And now you will kill him – you – you will kill him – and we shall die.”  (chapter 15)

It’s clear that The Jungle is full of some of the most disturbing quotes of any book I have ever read. It tells the tale of a struggling immigrant family and the way the system dehumanizes each member. To me the part that got to me the most was when Ona confesses to Jurgis that she was being raped by her boss Connor. The way that the novel sets up her confession, I felt chills. Though lacking in descriptive words Sinclair manages to instill in his readers sympathy for his characters. I knew at that moment Jurgis was going to lose it, because as a red blooded male he couldn’t stand around while another man abused his wife. Poor Ona didn’t utter a word just because Connor threatened to sack everyone’s jobs. She didn’t have any rights and so he took advantage of her. None of the family members were fully aware of the things that Ona was going through in the past two months. I think this quotes brings to light how hard their life is and the extent to what they must suffer just to stay alive. Ona says that Jurgis will kill Connor , and later he beats him to a bloody pulp ending up in Jail. She also mentions that “we shall die” , this is just the beginning of their problems.

–          The family is evicted from their home

–          Ona dies giving birth

–          Baby born prematurely dies

–          Jurgis addicted to alcohol

–          Antanas drown in the street

–          Jurgis wanders the streets

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  1.   Sanon 29 Sep 2013 at 5:12 pm

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