How does Johnny’s response to his deformed hand change over the course of the novel? Does he get better at living with his injury? Why or why not?
Johnny's attitude about his hand improves dramatically as he grows older. At first, he is ashamed of his hand and refuses to show it to anyone, hiding it in his pocket whenever other people are around. After Rab points out that people would react to it more calmly if Johnny himself were calm about it, Johnny makes an effort to not be ashamed of the hand. However, he doesn't fully achieve this until Rab's death. Once he does, he finds out that Dr. Warren will be able to give him back the use of his thumb, something that he could not do before because Johnny was too embarrassed to show him his hand.