Trench rats are also hated by the soldiers more than

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trench rats are also hated by the soldiers more than the enemy, the soldiers at war are angry with the big business owners because they, unlike the soldiers, have a warm home and nice bed while the soldiers overseas sleep in trenches fighting for so called freedom. Joe believes in standing up to the people low on the totem poe the “the little guys” and saving them from his same fate. At the end of The Dead, Trumbo uses the phrase “the little guys” again, the repetition of this certain phrase means that the author entendes for it to be significant. Joe is involved in an imaginary conversation with another man ranting about the “lie”, to die serving your country is an honor, Joe says “There is nothing noble about dying. Not even if you die for honor. Not even if you die the greatest hero the world ever saw. Not even if you’re so great your name will never be forgotten and who’s that great? The most important thing is your life little guys.” (Trumbo 118) Joe finds a purpose in the disaster that his life is by taking his experiences and using them to provoke hope for his life. Trumbo also uses the biblical metaphor of lazarus to provide Joe with another incentive to believe in the next chapter of his life.

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