People of the Abyss #2

2. In the People of the Abyss, there is one story that stands out to me the most. This story is “The Descent.” This story caught my eye because before learning about the Jack the Ripper, and the East End, I thought life was extremely prosperous in the entirety of England. The story mentions that even a short walk will bring you to a slum. Jack London illustrates the extreme poverty experienced in the East End of London. He mentions people scrambling for tiny scraps of food on the ground or in garbage cans. I originally assumed that most of London was thriving during the time of the Victorian Era, and was surprised to find out my assumption was false.


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