Before we leave Dogeaters entirely, I had some thoughts on Joey. We talked on Friday about how he could be the moral center of the novel and why we adore him so much. From the first time we meet Joey he tells us “Uncle says I was born a liar, that I can’t help myself. Lies pour out of my mouth even when I’m sleeping” (45). Yes, he lies, just like everyone else; but, what seperates him from the other characters is his self-awareness. Joey admits he lies which allows us to trust him more than others. His transparancey makes him one of the most honest characters in the book. If he isn’t honest about his interations and the people around him, he is at least honest about himself. He is vulnerable and open and truthful and human; he admits his flaws openly. And I think this trust is something we cannot get from other characters, (or if we think we do, the next page immeadiately derails that) which is why we care about Joey so much. He provides us with a little bit of Truth with a capital T.