The Jungle

In what three specific ways does Jurgis' ignorance harm him?

chapter twenty three.

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"He spent a week meditating whether or not he should also buy an overcoat. There was one belonging to a Hebrew collar button peddler, who had died in the room next to him, and which the landlady was holding for her rent; in the end, however, Jurgis decided to do without it, as he was to be underground by day and in bed at night."

Jurgis' choice of lodgings left him in "a close though unheated room, with a window opening upon a blank wall two feet away; and also he had the bare streets, with the winter gales sweeping through them; besides this he had only the saloons--and, of course, he had to drink to stay in them."

"As it chanced, he (Jurgis) had been hurt on a Monday, and had just paid for his last week's board and his room rent, and spent nearly all the balance of his Saturday's pay. He had less than seventy-five cents in his pockets, and a dollar and a half due him for the day's work he had done before he was hurt. He might possibly have sued the company, and got some damages for his injuries, but he did not know this, and it was not the company's business to tell him."


The Jungle/ Chapter 23

buying a house that he cannot afford and then that begins his downfalls. The realtor lied to the family saying that the house was new when in fact it was not. Jurgius joins the union and takes jobsthat in the end harm him and cause his downfall.


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