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22nd Oct '15 3:35:24 PM AtmosBlitzer
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The book was intended to expose the terrible reality of immigrant life, end exploitation of industrial workers, and to promote socialism. However, most readers were concerned only with the revolting conditions in the meat packing industry.

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The book was intended to expose the terrible reality of immigrant life, end exploitation of industrial workers, and to promote socialism. However, most readers were concerned only with the revolting conditions in the meat packing industry.
industry, leading to one of the most famous cases of MisaimedFandom.
19th Jul '15 10:21:19 AM Naoto_best_waifu
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* NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer: "This is no joke and no fairy story" precedes the descriptions of what is going into the food.

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* NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer: "This is no joke and no fairy story" precedes the descriptions of what is going into the food. Despite the fact that Sinclair was indeed making up, or at least greatly exaggerating much of what he says about the meat.
29th Mar '15 7:23:28 AM SKJAM
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* InherentInTheSystem: The narration points out several times that the small predators on the workers are being preyed upon by larger predators and on up the ladder, and that this is a natural result of captialism.
28th Oct '14 9:14:13 AM gallium
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* ArtisticLicenseHistory-The infamous claim that workers fell into rendering vats, were ground up and sold with the meat has no evidence of actually happening [[https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/The_Jungle]]. This is a political tract, not an unbiased presentation of facts.



* CapitalismIsBad: The whole message of the book, being an AuthorTract for socialism, showing how capitalism victimizes and exploits workers, and produces pretty gross meat in the bargain.



* DeadGuyJunior: Little [[spoiler:Antanas]], the first child Ona and Jurgis have together.
* DeathByChildbirth: [[spoiler:Ona]] dies giving birth to her second child
* DefiledForever: [[spoiler:Ona]] considers herself to be this as a result of what she does in an effort to ensure the family's financial security. Also, [[spoiler:Marija]] tells Jurgis later on that now that she has gone into the prostitution business, she won't be able to get work anywhere else. It is also played up for drama as this, even if it's not stated outright.

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* DeadGuyJunior: Little [[spoiler:Antanas]], Antanas, the first child Ona and Jurgis have together.
* DeathByChildbirth: [[spoiler:Ona]] Ona dies giving birth to her second child
* DefiledForever: [[spoiler:Ona]] Ona considers herself to be this as a result of what she does in an effort to ensure the family's financial security. Also, [[spoiler:Marija]] Marija tells Jurgis later on that now that she has gone into the prostitution business, she won't be able to get work anywhere else. It is also played up for drama as this, even if it's not stated outright.



* INeedAFreakingDrink: Jurgis, after [[spoiler:Ona's death.]]

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* INeedAFreakingDrink: Jurgis, after [[spoiler:Ona's Ona's death.]]



* ThePromisedLand: Chicago. Of Cynical Flavour B.

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* ThePromisedLand: Chicago. Of Cynical Flavour Flavor B.



* SomeoneToRememberHimBy: [[spoiler:Little Antanas, for Jurgis, but not for long.]]

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* SomeoneToRememberHimBy: [[spoiler:Little Little Antanas, for Jurgis, but not for long.]]



* ATragedyOfImpulsiveness: Jurgis beating up Ona's boss indirectly led to all the tragedy of the rest of the book. He had reason for his actions, but even a modicum of thought would have told him that it was a bad idea which would only end with horrible consequences. [[spoiler:And he does the ''exact same thing'' again later, once more rendering him out of work.]]
* TraumaCongaLine: What Jurgis experiences. [[spoiler:His father dies and then they have to quickly come up with money to pay for his funeral. The children all have to be pulled out of school to work to support the family, one by one, in spite of their hopes that they would get a decent education. Then Jurgis finds out that his wife Ona has been repeatedly submitting to rape by one of her former bosses to ensure financial security for the family and is now pregnant as well. Jurgis punches out the boss in revenge and goes to jail for it. When he finally gets out, he finds out that his family has been evicted from their house and are now living in a garret. To make matters worse, he can't find work and when Ona is in labor, he goes to find a midwife, who charges a fee that Jurgis can't afford. A short while after the midwife gets there, she tells them that there's nothing she can do and both Ona and her child die. A short while after that, Jurgis's child, the only thing he has left of Ona, drowns when he plays in the street. Jurgis leaves for a while from the stress he's gone through and to look for work and when he gets back, he finds out that Marija has become a prostitute and little Stanislovas is dead.]]

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* ATragedyOfImpulsiveness: Jurgis beating up Ona's boss indirectly led to all the tragedy of the rest of the book. He had reason for his actions, but even a modicum of thought would have told him that it was a bad idea which would only end with horrible consequences. [[spoiler:And And he does the ''exact same thing'' again later, once more rendering him out of work.]]
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* TraumaCongaLine: What Jurgis experiences. [[spoiler:His His father dies and then they have to quickly come up with money to pay for his funeral. The children all have to be pulled out of school to work to support the family, one by one, in spite of their hopes that they would get a decent education. Then Jurgis finds out that his wife Ona has been repeatedly submitting to rape by one of her former bosses to ensure financial security for the family and is now pregnant as well. Jurgis punches out the boss in revenge and goes to jail for it. When he finally gets out, he finds out that his family has been evicted from their house and are now living in a garret. To make matters worse, he can't find work and when Ona is in labor, he goes to find a midwife, who charges a fee that Jurgis can't afford. A short while after the midwife gets there, she tells them that there's nothing she can do and both Ona and her child die. A short while after that, Jurgis's child, the only thing he has left of Ona, drowns when he plays in the street. Jurgis leaves for a while from the stress he's gone through and to look for work and when he gets back, he finds out that Marija has become a prostitute and little Stanislovas is dead.]]
3rd Jul '14 10:18:26 AM wormandaduck
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* ScreamingBirth: Ona. Justified, since the baby comes out arm first. This is fairly uncommon in real life, and is almost invariably lethal without a C-section.
14th Jun '14 2:15:27 PM MarkLungo
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[[caption-width-right:327:[[BlatantLies We've got fun and games]].]]

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[[caption-width-right:327:[[BlatantLies [[caption-width-right:327:[[Music/GunsNRoses We've got fun and games]].]]
28th Apr '14 2:17:49 PM ebbradsh
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28th Apr '14 2:13:42 PM ebbradsh
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* ATragedyOfImpulsiveness: Jurgis beating up Ona's boss indirectly led to all the tragedy of the rest of the book. He had reason for his actions, but even a modicum of thought would have told him that it was a bad idea which would only end with horrible consequences.

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* ATragedyOfImpulsiveness: Jurgis beating up Ona's boss indirectly led to all the tragedy of the rest of the book. He had reason for his actions, but even a modicum of thought would have told him that it was a bad idea which would only end with horrible consequences. [[spoiler:And he does the ''exact same thing'' again later, once more rendering him out of work.]]


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** Essentially, the entire book.
26th Jan '14 6:52:21 AM Jdawg1015
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* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Regarding Socialists: "Some of them drank, and some of them swore, and some of them ate pie with their knives."
29th Jul '13 4:11:22 AM EKonoMai
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* NoOSHACompliance: Ditto. TruthInTelevision, real factory conditions like this were a big part of the reason OSHA was created. All other Sinclair claims could be verified except the HumanResources.
** Actually OSHA was more about winning political Brownie Points than securing worker safety. Factories can only be as safe as the wealth of a nation allows and the safety of factories had been steadily improving at a rate that didn't change after OSHA was introduced. This is discussed [[http://youtu.be/9mPEdkN5UoU?t=4m13s here]].

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* NoOSHACompliance: Ditto. TruthInTelevision, real factory conditions like this were a big part of the reason OSHA was created. All other created, though Sinclair claims could be verified except massively exaggerated a few of the HumanResources.
** Actually OSHA was more about winning political Brownie Points than securing worker safety. Factories can only be as safe as the wealth of a nation allows and the safety of factories had been steadily improving at a rate that didn't change after OSHA was introduced. This is discussed [[http://youtu.be/9mPEdkN5UoU?t=4m13s here]].
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** Then again, the Democrat and Republican parties have almost the same political ideology. Much more so than, say, Social Democrat and Marxist-Leninist parties.
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