The Jungle

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Stanislovas Lukoszaite Character Analysis

Stanislovas is a teenaged son of Teta Elzbieta. He lies about his age to take a job in a slaughterhouse, but tries to avoid work when a dangerous snowstorm hits. Jurgis beats him as punishment. Later, Stanislovas falls asleep in a factory and gets eaten alive by rats. Jurgis is deeply disturbed when he hears of the boy's gruesome death.

Stanislovas Lukoszaite Quotes in The Jungle

The The Jungle quotes below are all either spoken by Stanislovas Lukoszaite or refer to Stanislovas Lukoszaite. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 6 Quotes

Then he set someone else at a different job, and showed the lad how to place a lard can every time the remorseless machine came to him; and so was decided the place in the universe of little Stanislovas, and his destiny till the end of his days.

Related Characters: Stanislovas Lukoszaite
Page Number: 60
Explanation and Analysis:

The great tragedy--though also the great strength--of the Lithuanian immigrants in the novel is that they're bound to each other by blood. When one of them is in debt, the other ones have to work harder to support him. Thus, when Ona and Jurgis fall behind on their payments, Ona's brother Stanislovas has to go to work at the factory alongside Jurgin. Stanislovas is still a kid--not even old enough to work legally--but because of his family situation his life changes overnight.

The immigrants in the novel stick together at all costs--other than family, they have nothing to live for. Stanislovas may not fully understand his obligations to his siblings and parents, but he will.

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Stanislovas Lukoszaite Character Timeline in The Jungle

The timeline below shows where the character Stanislovas Lukoszaite appears in The Jungle. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 6
The Dehumanizing Evils of Capitalism Theme Icon
The Immigrant Experience and Disillusionment Theme Icon
The Horrors of the Meatpacking Industry Theme Icon
In order to cover the cost of interest, Ona and 14-year-old Stanislovas will have to go to work. Ona secures a job sewing covers on cans by... (full context)
Chapter 7
The Dehumanizing Evils of Capitalism Theme Icon
The Horrors of the Meatpacking Industry Theme Icon
...in the brutal cold. One morning, a boy who works at the lard machine with Stanislovas shows up to work screaming in pain. His ears have frozen stiff and break right... (full context)
Chapter 12
The Dehumanizing Evils of Capitalism Theme Icon
Family, Masculinity, and Individualism Theme Icon
There is a big snowstorm and Ona and Stanislovas are unable to get to work. They fear they have lost their jobs, and Jurgis... (full context)
Chapter 17
The Dehumanizing Evils of Capitalism Theme Icon
The Immigrant Experience and Disillusionment Theme Icon
The Horrors of the Meatpacking Industry Theme Icon
Family, Masculinity, and Individualism Theme Icon
...jail, where conditions are even worse than they were in county jail. After ten days, Stanislovas visits him to tell him that Ona is sick, the family is starving and facing... (full context)
Chapter 27
The Dehumanizing Evils of Capitalism Theme Icon
The Immigrant Experience and Disillusionment Theme Icon
Family, Masculinity, and Individualism Theme Icon
...to work as a prostitute in order to feed Elzbieta and the children, and that Stanislovas died after falling asleep in an oil factory and being eaten alive by rats. Jurgis... (full context)