Essay about Out of This Furnace by Thomas Bell

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Out of This Furnace by Thomas Bell

Out of This Furnace tells a impressive story of a multigenerational family of Slovakian immigrants who comes to the United States in search of a better life in the New World. The patriarch of the Slovak family was Djuro Kracha, who arrived in the New World in the mid-1880s from the "old country." The story tells of his voyage, his work on the railroad to earn enough money to afford the walk to the steel mills of Pennsylvania, his rejection by the larger mainstream community as a "hunkey," and the lives of his daughter and grandson. As the members of this family become more generally acculturated and even Americanized, they come to resent the cruel treatment and the discrimination they suffer.
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Those men and women had sought citizenship in America, Bell suggested, because of a desire to improve their lives and the futures of their families. None of the men described by Bell - from Djuro to Mike to Dobie - fail to work hard and to accept the necessity of hard work as a means of achieving the goal. A single episode of drunkenness should not be allowed to denigrate the years of work in which Djuro performed efficiently and effectively and worked to become a part of the "American dream." Bell made this crystal clear, just as he also made it clear that Mike's idealism (and its transmission to Dobie), is an inevitable consequence of a desire to become a fuller participant in that dream.

Opponents of immigration have expressed concerns that by accepting unprecedented numbers of immigrants the country would rapidly alter its own ethnic character. At the time that this novel is set, it had been argued that these diverse ethnic groups had a damaging effect upon the culture of the United States, though this assertion had not been proven correct. Dobie Dobrejcak's own determination to improve the working conditions, treatment, economic prospects, and very lives of working men was fundamentally "American" in that it addressed issues of justice, fairness and equality. His belief that such a social transformation was possible attested to the continued vitality of the American Dream and the willingness of

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