I stepped into my sophomore year English class ready for anything. The first book my instructor held up was The Jungle by Upton Sinclair. I looked at it and thought, "oh great. Another book talking about civil war, first Americans, and soldiers." To my surprise, The Jungle changed my life forever. It was nothing close to boring as I thought it would be. It was every emotion you can experience all rolled up into one. See it was not what the characters felt that moved me, but the actual pieces of social history which turned my life around as a 16 yrs old.
Reading the details of the meat packing industry in Chicago encouraged my inner vegetarian to come out. After the experience of smells, sights, and sounds from The Jungle, my taste for cow and pig quickly diminished. The Jungle slowly increased my interest in working for a social change with great fervor and passion.