Davis expresses her criticism regarding industrialism and capitalism in her work entitled Life in the Iron-Mills (Davis, 2006, p. 1). The narrator started recounting about the lives of people and a typical day at the mill. Her views about racism, tyranny among female workers, nature and place of work are evidently discernible with her choice of words and with the way the unnamed narrator describe literally the life in the refinery. Life in the Iron-Mills has given its reader a picture of gruelling life for those workers who do not possess any kind of rights.
Davis views the capitalist as the patriarchal administrator who strongly embrace philosophy that suppresses equality among its work force. Although some of the workers knew what they really want in life, they still choose to work and remain as part of the processing plant. The environment and the atmosphere portray a much polluted area, the foul smell combines with the air that will sicken anyone who takes in air and most of men were drunk even if it is an early morning.
Children are everywhere and their futures are reduced to rubble. Every human being living in the iron mills is subjected to the oppressing hands of an elite domineering class. This work of Davis is not judgmental on its state nor does it promote activism against the ruling class. But, rather, it aims to show its reader the true heart of the story. Life in the Iron- Mills is a mere representation of what is happening in reality. Rebecca Davis became a part of the working class during her time.
She experienced slavery and became a wage laborer in such equivalent place. She was once a product of America’s cold-blooded industrial and agricultural progression. Davis was indeed reacting with her surroundings, with the people comprising the society and with all the things that are occurring before her own eyes. Like the narrator in the story, she cautiously observes the people around her. The author’s work needs to satisfy its reader and persuade them to look beyond.
Davis’ brilliant mind wants to disclose the effects of personal variation affected by political and economic desolation. While recounting the events in the past life of Hugh and Deborah, the narrator mentioned that even the canary have lost its dream of seeing the beautiful side of life. She takes note that the foundation of human existence is having faith and hope although everything else seems to fall apart. Social position of children, women and men caused them to suffer lack of correspondence with the environment.
Their subsistence are strong evidence that the world offers a wide array of occurrences that may help a man to be aware of his actions and uncover a better approach to survive all the blows of life. Davis believes that every predicament that may arise has something to do with our own actions. The chronicle highlighted the issues of women’s rights, employee’s rights and environmental crisis as a result of industrialization. Although there may be several drawbacks but one of the character in the story finds a way to escape such dreadful condition by finding another work outside the refinery.
Deb redeemed herself by believing that she can do something else to elevate her life. Moreover, she was not threatened by the powerful and influential capitalist society. The role of women in the society does not end within the four corners of an abode. Being a member of the work force is one way of showing how pungent a woman can be despite of her physical appearance. Fundamentally, Davis reveals that of many great white males thought that a woman must be kept as a subordinate.
Never underestimate a woman’s power, she can offer unconditional love but she can also be lethal – if once provoke. Davis understands that living a life in this world is not a piece of cake but she desires that her readers soon realize that to make a better life, you must start with yourself. All of us have given our chance to choose what life pattern we would stride upon, our faith and hope are the main components that will guide us to realize our significance – not the people or the situation around us.