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Clark 1Morgan ClarkAP Lit and CompMrs. Porterfield4 September 2011Timed Writing RewriteThe passage from “Johnny Got His Gun” by Dalton Trumbo illustrates the relationship between a growing adolescent and his father. Through the point of view, details, and syntax Trumbo plays up the human condition of growing apart. The point of view of the story is told in third person omniscient. The narrator is the son and the reader only sees and feels what the son sees and feels. The fact that the story is told in third person omniscient provides a distance between the story and the reader, as the reader cannot see everything that is happening. But this distance mirrors the growing distance between the son and father. As the son becomes more disconnected from his father, he cannot read his father as well as he used to and must guess at his reactions. In addition, the third person omniscient point of view demonstrates the son’s growing independence. He is learning to think for himself now and no longer needs his father’s insights to guide him. Overall, the disconnected point of view exemplifies the natural progression of growing apart.