The Jungle

In chapter 17 of the jungle how does the description of the prisoners carry the motif of humanity being emlinated from the residents of packing town

Chapter 17

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While in jail, Jurgis witnesses the way the residents of Packingtown have been cheated of their humanity and forced into lives of crime because of their circumstances. Jurgis’s jail is “a Noah’s ark of the city’s crime.” It holds all the petty thieves and vice criminals. In these criminals, Jurgis sees the worst in society and he sees how they have been beaten down by the world. “Into this wild-beast tangle these men had been born without their consent, they had taken part in it because they could not help it; that they were in jail was no disgrace to them, for the game had never been fair, the dice were loaded.”