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Johnny Got His GunThe important themes in the book, Johnny Got His Gun, are directly related to the effects of war,and war itself. War itself is a big part of the theme in this book, Joe Brohan repeatedly reflects on the war numerous times. One such occasion is when he talks about the right of a man's choice to go to war, in other words men were conscripted to go to war and they really didn’t have much of a choice (Trumbo, 142). Another reflection of the war is when Joe pities himself and tells himself that the war wasn’t a place for him, and how the war was none of his business (Trumbo, 32). A key theme of the book is how manipulative propaganda can be, Joe Brohan recalls numerous times where propaganda is used. One instance is when a story from the Los Angeles Times reported on a story where two captured Canadian soldiers were crucified by the Germans, which caused an uproar with the public which persuaded many people to believe that Germany deserved to be punished for their actions. Another instance is when Johnny is saying goodbye to his family, his girlfriend, and her father a pro-war song is roaring in the background (Trumbo, 50). This book is completely anti-war, historically the book was written to depict the brutality of war, and how soldiers come back with many problems. Joe Broham directly addresses this when he tries to rationalize his new, permanent condition, stating that some men come back needing to pee with tubes, be fed by them or how others who were physically healthy but were mentally unstable (Trumbo, 110). Socially, the book repeatedly states how unfair war is on those who fight it, the soldiers who go to fight have nothing to gain from participating in it, although they will

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