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Johnny Got His Gun | Study Guide

Dalton Trumbo

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Dalton Trumbo

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War Literature

Perspective and Narrator

The story is told from the perspective of narrator Joe Bonham.


The narrator speaks in the present tense about his current situation. He reverts to the past tense when he describes his dreams and memories of his earlier life.

About the Title

The title is taken from a refrain in a patriotic song, "Over There," popular during World War I. It refers to the novel's main character, as well as all the other young people who enlist in or are drafted into the military and given guns to kill wartime enemies.


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