The Jungle

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Jack Duane is a smooth-talking criminal that Jurgis befriends during his first jail sentence. When Jurgis returns to jail, Duane convinces him to join his life of crime. Later on, Duane is caught breaking a safe, and manages to pull strings to arrange a release from prison. However, the public is so outraged that Duane's allies decide to sacrifice him to curry favor, and he is forced to leave town. Duane's misfortune shows how easily Chicago's system of graft can turn on its own, and foreshadows Jurgis's similar fall out of favor in the criminal underworld later in the novel.
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Jack Duane Character Timeline in The Jungle

The timeline below shows where the character Jack Duane appears in The Jungle. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 17
The Dehumanizing Evils of Capitalism Theme Icon
...Nobody comes to see him. Jurgis soon receives a new cellmate, a dapper safecracker named Jack Duane . Despite sounding well-educated, Duane is open and friendly with Jurgis. The two men swap... (full context)
Chapter 25
The Dehumanizing Evils of Capitalism Theme Icon
The Immigrant Experience and Disillusionment Theme Icon
At Bridewell prison for the second time, Jurgis reunites with Jack Duane by chance. After talking with the other prisoners, Jurgis decides to support himself through crime.... (full context)
The Dehumanizing Evils of Capitalism Theme Icon
The Immigrant Experience and Disillusionment Theme Icon
Jurgis's partnership with Jack Duane gives him a glimpse into the big-time Chicago underworld. Chicago is controlled by crooked businessmen,... (full context)