What does Sanders say about the thumb?
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At first, Mitchell Sanders is not articulate or expansive in expressing the meaning and moral of the severed thumb. The most he can do is to point to the dead man and say, "There it is, man" (paragraph 37). Dobbins says that there is no moral. Later on (paragraph 75), the men consider the moral further. A reader might wish to contemplate what it means to repeat "there it is" as an "act of poise" and the further meaning of "you can’t change what can’t be changed." This matter-of-fact statement suggests some sort of cosmic irony in that, it is true, there something is, but they themselves find they are in one of the most inhospitable places at a time that was severely controversial, not only to the soldiers, but to the general American population at the time.
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