How does the phrase "they use everything of the pig except the squeal" contribute to the central ideas of The Jungle?

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The Jungleis—among other things—an indictment of the meatpacking industry in the first half of the twentieth century. During this time period, the meatpacking industry was violating all sorts of health codes and cutting every corner they could to manufacture the cheapest product.

This included using every part of the...

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The Jungle is—among other things—an indictment of the meatpacking industry in the first half of the twentieth century. During this time period, the meatpacking industry was violating all sorts of health codes and cutting every corner they could to manufacture the cheapest product.

This included using every part of the animals that they could, even those that were not edible. Therefore, when Sinclair writes that they used "everything of the pig except the squeal," he is saying that they used every part of the pig that was available. He also implies that the only reason that the meatpacking industry does not use the squeal is because there is no way that it will make them money.

Furthermore, Sinclair is using a pathos-driven argument (meaning one that utilizes an appeal to emotion as a means of convincing the reader of its validity); he is trying to remind the reader of the pain that the animal goes through because of the lax standards of the meatpacking industry.

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