WAR PROFILES By Fenton Johnson

This journal is showing the war has been changing Ethiopia’s cities and young men are dying from the war. The word “young”, “old”, “women”, “men”, “street” have been used variable times. We can easily combine them into “young men”, “young women”, “old men”, “old women”. They are the foundations from the society on the “streets”. We can see that “War is a young man’s glory, an old man’s remembrance.” War has been changing the society with no mercy. “Old men are peddling dreams of a new Ethiopia; old women and young women long for the laughter of State Street grown sober” express the “dead” street, there is no lively lives anymore. The author is looking for the freedom before the war comes. “Freedom shall prevail” express he desire the war ends, but it will not go back as the old days.  –Zihao “Maxwell” Lu

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2 thoughts on “WAR PROFILES By Fenton Johnson

  1. War Profiles by Fenton Johnson is on page 65. The entry in the journal is split into 5 scenes that cover different parts of a war in Ethiopia. I think the author’s purpose for mentioning old, young, men, and women so many times is to emphasize that war affects everyone. I agree with the post that “Old men are peddling dreams of a new Ethiopia; old women and young women long for the laughter of State Street grown sober” expresses a dead street but I think it is also worth mentioning why the streets are dead. It is because young men are at war and because of the streets are empty. War changes many aspects of everyday life for everyone. It does not just affect the young men that leave for war but also the families and communities they leave behind. Without these young men the communities can feel empty and dead.

  2. I agree a lot with the comment by asimzaidi, the mentioning of both young and old, men and women creates diversity in each of these roles in society at this time of war. As both of you said, young men are being sent out to war but the older men are being forced to handle society on the home front. I think the quote that maxinewell used was also very important, and drives this point within the text, “War is a young man’s glory, an old man’s remembrance.”

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