I was pleasantly surprised to see that Johnny Got His Gun is considered a classic.
The more I thought of it, I agree.
This was one of the first books to speak out against war, to be used as protest tool. Often times, especially back in the day, war was glorified. It was the outcome that mattered and nothing else. The ugly parts of war were hushed, not talked about.
This is not the case in Johnny Got His Gun.
This book goes very deep, and very intensely into what it is like for the individual for war. More specifically, when the soldier doesn't just get to walk away. The toll is astronomical. It can not be glossed over. Wars are won with individuals, and those individuals matter.
This book was used to help illustrate caution before going into World War 2 and as a protest piece for the Vietnam war.
I personally think it is a classic because it touched me greatly. I read it when I was only in middle school. Perhaps too young, but it really influenced me to think of the cost of war, the soldier. The families. The fact that a war doesn't end for a lot of soldiers on the battle field. It can cost them their lives, and not just through death.
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