As Jurgis, the main character of the Jungle, reaches rock-bottom: he gives up on the Stockyards, and Sinclair introduces us to another circle of society in the early 1900s: The Vagabonds...
About this creation
As you might have seen my last creation about the book "The Jungle", the author Upton Sinclair portrays Jurgis, a Lithuanian immigrant who works in the Stockyard district of Chicago.
But, reading the last caption from the aforementioned MOC (which I would advise viewing ;) ) you find the Irish boss, Connor, has some problems with Jurgis. To keep this G rated, we'll just say Connor is a naughty fellow in his private life. His actions start to affect Jurgis mid-way through the novel, and this makes Jurgis furious, and in retaliation nearly murders his boss. After being sent to jail for months, he returns home to find his former family in ruins and every penny he ever earned gone.
Giving up on life, he retreates from Chicago, forsaking the stockyards and travelling the country, taking on work as a farm-hand during harvest time and living with others who were in the same terrible situations themselves.
This small vignette depicts Jurgis on his "hoboing" trip through the central United States.
The significance of the river is that during Jurgis's whole time working in Durham's stockyard, he never takes a bath. So while he is "hoboing" he takes the opportunity to take his first bath in America.
I had fun playing with the dark tan and normal tan in creating a color balance on hte shore.
This is the best angle at the tree, where I got to use my new stash of dark brown tree pieces. I think it creates the illusion of shade and darkness overshadowing the bright river - a symbolic image of Jurgis's life at this point.
And here is "hobo" Jurgis himself, slightly more unkempt since our first introduction to him. The dark and troubled Severus Snape face lies behind the beard, a fitting character comparison to Jurgis's personality at the time.
Hope you enjoyed! One more vig on "The Jungle" will be coming.
This is great Christopher! When I saw the minifigs at your house, they were awesome, and this lego creation just adds to the effect! Nice job and well done. Oh, and thanks for the advice on the Mocpage stuff, it really helped. :D Thanks again and as usual..... great job and keep up the good work!