The Jungle | Criticism

This literature criticism consists of approximately 32 pages of analysis & critique of The Jungle.
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SOURCE: Morris, Matthew J. “The Two Lives of Jurgis Rudkus.” American Literary Realism, 1870-1910 29, no. 2 (winter 1997): 50-67.

In the following essay, Morris examines the character Jurgis's evolving representative function in The Jungle.

William Dean Howells once warned that realism, like romance, would ultimately die as a truthful art form: “When realism becomes false to itself, when it heaps up facts merely, and maps life instead of picturing it, realism will perish too.”1 He meant that realism must show some of the pattern of life, instead of merely accumulating description. That is a reasonable program, although Howells chose puzzling terms: one might just as easily have aligned “picturing” with formless description, and “mapping” with a realism that discloses the underlying structure of events. What does a map do if not subordinate surface appearances to a schema of spatial relations? But Howells was stressing precisely the schematic quality of a...

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