English 10A, 6th PeriodNovember 6, 2000Johnny Got His Gun, Chapter 2″Chapter 2″ of Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo was quite boring toread. It was all about Johnny’s younger days of life including his mother,the hamburger man, Christmas, Shale City, snow, Lincoln Beechy, and Mr. Hargraves. Again, his mother is mentioned greatly. I feel that Johnny andhis mother have a sturdy relationship.
Johnny and his father tend to havea normal father-son relationship. Upset, Johnny’s father liked Johnny’sfriends and even took them to see shows. Johnny’s father decided to leave their home city and enter WWIthrough Romania. He died and America entered, along with Johnny. Johnnythinks to himself about the war.
“This was no war for you. This thingwasn’t any of your business” (Trumbo, page 24). I assume that Johnnyregrets entering this war, as many war-injured people do. He had a choice,even if he was drafted. And the text also states that he “. .Order now
. never reallyknew what the fight was all about” (Trumbo, page 24). How can one fight afight without knowing what they’re fighting about?Reading this chapter was extremely tedious. Yet, I still feltcompassion for this ill boy, Johnny, who has lost his father to war and maypotentially, lose his own life to war. If the author is trying to set amood in this chapter, he certainly failed (unless it was boredom).