Upton Sinclair’s Gory Jungle Book Grabbed My Attention In High School

I wrote this in high school in the 1990s

Aimée Brown Gramblin
The Brain is a Noodle

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An assignment I had during my freshman year of high school greatly affected my literacy. Toward the end of the year, my teacher handed out a list of classics and modern classics and told the class to pick one book to do an oral report on. As soon as I saw The Jungle on the list I knew I had some choices to make. This was a book I had wanted to read for some time, but I had been informed it had some graphically horrific scenes.

There were a few other books I thought about reading such as Tortilla Flat or Les Miserables. Being a vegetarian, I could take grotesque details about the meat packing industry. After all, I knew it wasn’t very probable that I’d come face to face with a steak any time soon.

I started the book and was engrossed in it day in and day out. This was an assignment I had to complete while rehearsing for the school play, David and Lisa. I so much liked this book that I dragged it with me to rehearsals so I could finish it.

This book affected my literacy because as I read I saw problems with the literature. I started to realize the difference between good literature and propaganda literature. Although I admired Upton Sinclair’s realistic, straightforward style at the…

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Aimée Brown Gramblin
The Brain is a Noodle

Age of Empathy founder. Creativity Fiend. Writer, Editor, Poet: life is art. Nature, Mental Health, Psychology, Art. Audio: aimeebrowngramblin.substack.com