The Jungle

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Kayla A. Simmons

1a. Wage slavery is basically a way of corrupting the minds of the lower class. The lower class needs the money so; they will do anything to get it because they have to survive. For example, when Ona got raped, Phil threatened to take their jobs away from them if she told; knowing that wouldn’t be an option for her. The upper class has control over them because they have something the lower class absolutely needs. “Then he threatened me. He knew all about us, he knew we would starve. He knew your boss—he knew Marija's. He would hound us to death, he said—then he said if I would—if I —we would all of us be sure of work—always. Then one day he caught hold of me—he would not let go—he—he—.” Phil Connor threatened Ona with life and death situations. She knows her family needs work and it was probably wonderful to hear him say they would always have a job. He knew he was at the top and they couldn’t stop him. He felt power, superior, they needed him.

1b. Child labor was a huge part of wage slavery. Little kids, forced to go out and do hard work that paid very little. They are not as strong as the older people and neither is their mind set. Working hard like this for scraps of money may have made the children exhausted and even put them in danger. “That Jurgis did not starve to death was due solely to the pittance the children brought him.” Just because this kept Jurgis alive does not mean it didn’t hurt him on the inside. The man of the house was at the lowest point of his life and needed help from young children. All this is, is children starting at a young age, continuing the loop of wage slavery.

1c. Wage slavery only goes one way: the powerful, and the powerless. It’s simple; the bosses had all the power and took complete advantage of it as well. At times they were even unreasonable and always unsympathetic. It seems as they said…...

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