The Jungle

Animals Symbol Analysis

Animals Symbol Icon
Capitalism devalues workers' human qualities, and strenuous, repetitive jobs turn men and women into mindless beasts of burden. Throughout The Jungle, characters are reduced by their jobs and circumstances to animals who must fight to satisfy their most primal needs. Just as the meatpackers ruthlessly slaughter scores of animals each day, the capitalist machine grinds down its workforce, treating human laborers as an expendable resource.

Animals Quotes in The Jungle

The The Jungle quotes below all refer to the symbol of Animals. 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:
The Dehumanizing Evils of Capitalism Theme Icon
). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Dover Publications edition of The Jungle published in 2001.
Chapter 3 Quotes

They use everything about the hog except the squeal.

Related Symbols: Animals
Page Number: 28
Explanation and Analysis:

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Chapter 28 Quotes

There are a million people, men and women and children, who share the curse of the wage-slave…There are a thousand…who are the masters of these slaves, who own their toil…They own not merely the labor of society, they have bought the governments; and everywhere they use their raped and stolen power to intrench themselves in their privileges, to dig wider and deeper the channels through which the river of profits flows to them!—And you, workingmen, workingmen! You have been brought up to it, you plod on like beasts of burden, thinking only of the day and its pain…

Related Symbols: Animals
Page Number: 255-256
Explanation and Analysis:

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Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

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Animals Symbol Timeline in The Jungle

The timeline below shows where the symbol Animals appears in The Jungle. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
The Dehumanizing Evils of Capitalism Theme Icon
The Immigrant Experience and Disillusionment Theme Icon
The Horrors of the Meatpacking Industry Theme Icon
...see clouds of black smoke and hear the distant lowing and grunting of ten thousand animals. (full context)
Chapter 3
The Dehumanizing Evils of Capitalism Theme Icon
The Horrors of the Meatpacking Industry Theme Icon
...pens" stretching out before them. They observe miles of railroad tracks upon which thousands of animals are carted in everyday to be slaughtered. (full context)
The Dehumanizing Evils of Capitalism Theme Icon
The Horrors of the Meatpacking Industry Theme Icon
...visitors uneasy. The hogs are processed by hundreds of men, each performing one task. The animals are processed completely and all parts of them—entrails, waste, skin, bones—are used in some way.... (full context)
Chapter 7
The Dehumanizing Evils of Capitalism Theme Icon
The Horrors of the Meatpacking Industry Theme Icon
...with blood freezing on them and congealing to their feet. With numb hands, they butcher animals and run around through the steam with sharp blades, leading to grisly accidents. (full context)
Chapter 8
The Dehumanizing Evils of Capitalism Theme Icon
The Horrors of the Meatpacking Industry Theme Icon
Labor Rights and Socialism Theme Icon
...affected by the seasonal slump and must wait in the freezing stockyards until the first animals arrive, sometimes not till the late afternoon, and stay late into the night to slaughter... (full context)
Chapter 15
The Dehumanizing Evils of Capitalism Theme Icon
Family, Masculinity, and Individualism Theme Icon
Ona's hysterical outbreaks continue, and she begins to resemble a frightened animal. As the holiday rush approaches, the family's jobs require them to work fifteen or sixteen... (full context)