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Johnny Got His Gun is a very thought provoking novel dealing with many topics and emotions Reading it can be a very educational experience affecting a persons opinion on isolation war and patriotism Though there are many positive messages involved in Johnny Got His Gun it should be banned from public high schools curriculum One of the topics in Johnny Got His Gun is isolation Joe Bonham the main character loses his arms legs and the front of his head thus losing the ability of seeing smelling hearing and speaking during combat in World War I Doctors manage to keep him alive though he is in very bad condition Joe is very aware though he can not communicate with the outside world He deals with the feeling of isolation due to the fact he is locked into his own world because of his inability to communicate with others This is a very frightening thought Joe at one point deals with the idea that he really does not know whether he is asleep or awake because he cannot shout out to wake himself up or if he could he could not hear his shouts He could not open his eyes to see the sun rising and tell whether or not he was awake This thought is very disturbing and the only way to quell it was that he knew to a reasonable degree of certainty that when he felt the nurses hands on his back he was awake But then he even began to question that wondering if it is just a dream just as the rat chewing on his legs was a dream Also in his isolated world Joe does not have the ability to perceive time He tries methods like counting seconds between the nurses visits and counting seconds between his bowel movements to rediscover it but both of these attempts fail He learns to recapture the concept by feeling for the heat of
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