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Megan JanousekMichael CoxHIST 14023/5/2018Johnny Got His Gun: A Review Imagine fighting in a war like none ever before, a “war to end all wars,” all while trying to figure out what being an adult means and what your place in the world is. Then suddenly your once bright future crashes down as your now laying in a hospital, limbless, blind and unable to communicate. This is the reality that Joe Bonham faces in Dalton Trumbo’s “Johnny Got His Gun.” Written as an anti-war novel in 1939, Trumbo paints a scathing review of World War I through the mind of his main protagonist Joe. When an idealistic and young Joe joins the romanticized war in Europe, his views of American democracy and idolization of war begin to warp as he begins to view the ugly side of war and America. Soon, Joe is injured and wakes up ina hospital to find that his limbs are being amputated and he can no longer communicate or see. As Joe lays prisoner to his fate, he reimagines his past and dreads his miserable future. Joe begins to view the war as a selfish act by war mongers of the American capitalist democracy.