Shane Lakhan


English 10A, 6th Period
November 28, 2000
Johnny Got His Gun, Chapter 13
“Chapter 13” of Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo was suspenseful.

Joe has been relocated in another room. He has managed to configure the
mathematical calculations of his room including the positioning of the
window.

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Joe is astonished by a continuous bed linen change (Trumbo 155).

This goes to show the extremely dull life of Joe. Months flash by like
days and a year whisks by like a dream for Joe. I have, fortunately, never
been in this level of tedium.

Joe had visitors. This was the first time people visited him, other
than nurses (cleaning service doesn’t necessarily come to visit). He
thought, at first, it was his family as there were 4 or 5 of them. He
didn’t want them to see his creviced head, where there should have been a
nose, mouth, and living human face. Next, he proposed the company were
doctors. These doctors supposable came to see the fruits of there labor or
even a medical miracle. After, he realizes a heavy object placed on his
chest by the guests was a medal. Then, Joe projected the visitors were
military personnel to reward his “stump” self. Now, he felt a desire for
them to see him. I have never been hospitalized but I’ve seen numerous
hospital visits. Some patients who are maimed tend to hide their
conditions from there family, friends, and lovers. I believe they don’t
want to present themselves as mutated or sick to people who care about
them.

This chapter was more exciting to read, than previous ones. I was
seeking to know who the visitors were. Joe wondered about possible
communication methods through vibration. If this were established, Joe
would be one step closer to restoring his human independence and
individualism.

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