Reading through some of the articles, this one stood out to me the most. Not only because it is visually organized and separated though numbered paragraphs, but also because of the author’s diction. He chose very descriptive words and uses a lot of other rhetorical devices such as personification and metaphors shown in phrases such as “moistening our cheeks with tear drops” and “Death, the new jester, holds the heart of my people in the hollow of his hand”, just to name a couple. The point of this piece is to illustrate the devastation, sadness, and fear that come with fighting in a war for both the soldiers themselves and their families. He uses quite a lot of rhetorical questions that engage the reader more and make him/her think about what he is asking. I have noticed that Johnson does not use cold, harsh language which one would expect to be used in pieces written about warfare. However, he does quite the contrary by romanticizing it. He uses more positive, descriptive words instead of simply writing the actual word itself. By being as descriptive as he is, he is painting a picture for the readers. “No longer walk the merchant, lawyer, doctor, thief and toiler along the lighted path of this merry thoroughfare. The khaki makes all men one”. Instead of using the word “uniform” he refers to those as “khakis” which causes the reader to picture khaki colored men in uniform. Describing the way into battle as “lightened path” could be another way of saying that the men are heading towards the light also known as death. This article is filled with references that are similar to the ones mentioned which makes it an interesting read that requires some thought.