Volume 7, Issue 1, January 2019, Page: 20-25
Landscape of Evils in Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle
Haonong Pang, Centre for Foreign Literature and Culture, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou, China
Minjie Liu, School of Foreign Languages, Shanghai University, Shanghai, China
Received: Jan. 25, 2019;       Accepted: Mar. 12, 2019;       Published: Mar. 30, 2019
DOI: 10.11648/j.ijla.20190701.15      View  501      Downloads  105
In The Jungle, Upton Sinclair delineates the social evils in the early 20th-century America from such aspects as the evils of reification, banality and unscrupulous personality. He discloses the phenomena of reification appearing under the systematic force by highlighting the reification of political-commercial relation, capitalist-worker relation and interpersonal relation, denouncing the social trample on laborers’ basic human rights and dignity from the perspectives of political corruption, politician-businessman collusion and capital monopolization. Moreover, he explores the anti-civilization, anti-socialness and anti-ethics of banality of evils through the revelation of evil-doings of scabs, manual laborers and real estate brokers. Finally, the unscrupulous personality finding expression in jealousy, avarice and lust brings to light the pleasure-seeking evil psyche harmful to social interaction.
The Jungle, Upton Sinclair, Evil of Reification, Banality of Evil, Evil of Unscrupulous Personality
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Haonong Pang, Minjie Liu, Landscape of Evils in Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle, International Journal of Literature and Arts. Vol. 7, No. 1, 2019, pp. 20-25. doi: 10.11648/j.ijla.20190701.15
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