Flashbacks In The Novel Johnny Got His Gun

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Life is a method of measuring significant moments that people can not understand. Specific moments in life can not be individually understood without experiencing the severe loss of certain events. For some people these events can be taken for granted sadly removing some of the value from life. In the novel Johnny got his gun, the protagonist begins to understand the importance of his memories and events that he has experienced throughout his life to develop a sense of personal worth symbolically within his loss. the literary effect of flashbacks within the novel is to make certain experiences treasurable with the influence of significant losses like the passionate memories between loved ones, dark realizations of war, and reflections over …show more content…
In the novel, Joe expresses, ”But when a guy comes along and says here come with me and risk your life and maybe die or be crippled why then you've got no rights. You haven't even the right to say yes or no or I'll think it over. There are plenty of laws to protect guys' money even in war time but there's nothing on the books says a man's life his own” (Trumbo 110). Joe begins to express his disappointment with the government and subjectively questions society's intentions. Joe is left with only one output for his anger and life begins to become a bit more clear in value after analyzing the influence of war. Joe’s sarcasm towards his life situations allows him to further his discovery of developing basic value over individual liberty. Joe emphasizes the idea of liberty and defines it through the presence of life and the simple perks given to him. As joe loses his sense of life he also loses his liberties as a war veteran citizen but most importantly a human. After Joe relives a terrible war experiences, he slowly begins to define the value of a soldier's life and most importantly the worth of his own life. Even though life has thrown him into a sea of confusion and pain, Joe remains adamant over the significance of his life and solidifies the direction he wants to …show more content…
And what kind of liberty were they fighting for anyway? How much liberty and whose idea of liberty?” (Trumbo, 110). Joe once again does what he does best and questions the definition of a word commonly used and usually taken for granted. The protagonist begins to end his statement by including the question of value initial questioning its importance in allowing life to prosper. Joe contradicts his own definition to allow the audience to understand that life works in the same undetermined way causing certain consequences that can either have a positive or negative effect. Joe has solidified his perspective over the depth of the definition of freedom and the characteristic of liberty and applies it to his life. The application and the development of the idea of false liberty and wasted life is compared to Joe's life contradicting societies disguise publicized around the world. The protagonist questions the influence of his own life in the world and uncovers that individual life is futile unless given a specific purpose. The purpose given can either strip the basic foundation of life making the individual synchronized to an unfree rhythm or

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