A Long Way Gone Essay

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This memoir about a boy soldier was very condescending. This was a true story for the author, Ishmael Beah and his life-changing events that occurred in his past. Ishamel Beah was a twelve year old African boy who lived in Sierra Leone Africa who fled attacking rebels due to a civil war in his country, who wandered into different villages trying to avoid the violence that seemed almost inevitable. He sauntered along with his brother and friends who scraped by day-by-day scavenging for food and struggled for survival. In the fifth chapter of the book, Beah describes the struggles he went through by saying, “…our joints weakened and ached” (p. 30). After days of traveling, Beah was eventually taken by the group of rebels and became one of those he feared. He becomes part of the rebel army and is brainwashed into thinking that he can avenge the death of his own family who were slaughtered by those same rebels. The thing that kept the all the young boys fighting was them being forced to get addicted to cocaine, marijuana, and things of that sort to keep their emotions strong for the times in war. Beah was turned into a fierce boy soldier into the Lieutenant in charge brought him into the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Beah was taken into a rehabilitation center and was treated by a nurse who helped him get back into humanity and heal from the events that he has gone through. The overall purpose of him telling us his story is to inform us on how far we can go into something, like him being part of a rebel army, being able to rehabilitate back to his normal self, and understand these hardships. He writes about his experience to show how he’s changed. What shows his point of change is when Beah arrives in New York and he says its “crazy” and he had enough of that back home. This implies part of the purpose of him telling us his story and the violence and everything he’s been through. Another part that really drives Beah’s purpose is when he mentions he finally realized he was brainwashed into being a “blood-thirsty” soldier seeking revenge but now after rehabilitation is able to make decisions on his own.
When Ishmael Beah was back in Sierra Leone, his villages were taken over by a rebellious group and slaughtered his family along with others. He traveled for days with his brother and friend and then was taken and transformed into a boy soldier who was convinced to seek revenge on the death of his own family. This book really shows the transformation in him when he’s in New York in the middle of...

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