Analysis Of The Movie ' Johnny Got His Gun ' Essay

1108 Words Nov 22nd, 2015 5 Pages
The Effects of Loss
Tupac Shakur once said, “Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside while still alive...” This quote states, that the things one may lose in life can cause great affect on the emotional and mental well-being of a person. How loss affects a character can be seen in both film and in books. The film, Shenandoah, which takes place in 1965 in America during the Civil War, reflects upon the Anderson family who tries their best to avoid the conflict of war. Likewise, the novel, Johnny Got His Gun, by Dalton Trumbo, presents a young soldier, by the name of Joe, who experiences tremendous loss and consequences that follow due to World War l. Throughout the film and novel major loss is shown in both Charlie’s life, the father of the Anderson family, and in Joe, the young soldier 's life. Although both characters, Charlie and Joe, experience loss from war, both differ in how they were affected and the extreme of this loss.
Both characters, Charlie and Joe, experience loss of physical connections due to the war. Correspondingly, both are unable to grasp communication and human contact. However, Joe is affected by the ability to connect to humans more than Charlie. This is so, because Joe is unable to associate with any humans because of his immense physical injuries he lives with in the novel. When Joe is trying to communicate to others the novel states, “He only lay and tapped his message over and over again to people on the…

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