The Jungle

What new atrocities in the work place are exposed?

Chapter VII.

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Chapter 7 is full of horrible things at the workplace.

Old Antanas has his own cruelty at his job. He develops a persistent and harsh cough. The chemicals that he stands in all day begin to eat away his boots and soon he develops sores and infections on his feet. Though he tries every day, he is no longer able to get out of bed and one night dies of hemorrhages caused by his coughing. There is no heat in the factories, so men on the killing beds often stick their freezing feet into the warm dead carcasses of the cattle to warm them. The steam rising from the killing floor means that men often cannot see five feet in front of them, which makes cutting and butchering the cattle very dangerous work.