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Why does 'Pudge' memorize famous last word ? (the significance he gives them)

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Miles Halter or "Pudge" loves reading biographies of great people. I think memorizing last words of these people helps give Miles meaning to his life. Miles can incorporate these lines into his world, thus linking his life to something greater. The words provide a comfort zone to miles and a perceived kinship with great people that have tackled the unknown.