The Jungle

Human Devolution

If human beings evolve like darwin suggests, one implication of this theory is that they can in fact devolve. In the Jungle, what is the authors belief on human devolution?

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I think if human beings are put in an animalistic setting where survival of the fittest is their only option, traits like sympathy and empathy get beaten out of them. The harsh world of the factory and poverty of life drain the characters of the traits that make them human.