The memoir A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah and A Bite of a Mango by Mariatu Kamara is set in the tragic Sierra Leone war of the early 1990s. Ishmael and Mariatu, respectively, share a tragic experience of terror that is still with them, and we’re thankful to seek and meet others to rely on throughout the war. Beah’s story is one that explains all aspects of war to show the world. He tells the views about both an...
In A Long Way Gone Ishmael Beah gives the readers a different perspective on the experience of child soldiers through imagery, personnification and flashbacks. A Long Way Gone is an autobiography by this author, Ishmael Beah who was he himself, a child soldier. In his book he tells the reader in exact detail the story of his life back in Sierra Leone at the time of the war as a child soldier, the pain and horrific tragedies that he had...
War strangles all the hope you have and breaks all the shells of survival to sink in a sea of loss. The book “A Long Way Gone: Memoirs Of A Boy Soldier” (2007) published by Sarah Crichton Books and written by Ishmael Beah, an author from Sierra Leone. It revolves around Ishmael Beah’s life in Sierra Leone during the war, who struggles to survive in this brutal war. Ishmael Beah, a young village boy who suffers greatly from the war...
Comparing the themes in A Long Way Gone and Five Chimneys Situations that have happened in your lifetime do not define who you are or what your future is like. It doesn’t matter how challenging the circumstances were for both of them, Ishmael Beah and Olga Lengyel still carried on with both of their lives. These two stories deal with being put in the most unthinkable situations possible and still being able to find the strength to push forward. In...
Ishmael Beah’s book A Long Way Gone tells a horrific story of how of Beah was impacted by violence. Beah grows up in a violent setting and his exposure to violence has an impact on his beliefs and emotions. The impact of being exposed to violence at such a young age causes damage to Beah’s mental and emotional well-being. Specifically, exposure to violence takes away Beah own sense of innocence, gives him feelings of hopelessness and insecurity, and causes him...
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The armed conflicts of the world can affect a child’s life by causing a loss of innocence within the child. A Long Way Gone tells us the story of a child solider residing in Sierra Leone, who loses his innocence due to the civil war in Sierra Leone. Ishmael Beah shares how the wrongdoings of the world can affect a child’s life traumatically, and Beah does this through his use of symbolism and imagery. A prominent theme in A long...
Background Before I read this book I knew that is was about a twelve-year-old boy who became a soldier boy with his friends while his village was being attacked. I chose this book because I’ve always had an interest in children’s experiences during warfare. A child’s life during warfare is more interesting to me because children aren’t as exposed to warfare as adults or teens are. Content Summary and Writer’s Purpose One day a boy named Ishmael Beah, his brother,...
In recent times, the stories of civil wars and ethnic conflicts in Africa have shocked the world. In particular, children felt the blunt side of the war as the conflicts have led to separation from their parents. The book, A Long Way Gone; Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah gives the reader insight into the effect and nature of the terrifying civil war in Sierra Leone. The author tells of his first-hand experiences as a child soldier in...
Should child soldiers be given amnesty is a dispute that has been brought up recently. Lots of news and articles are discussing and informing what a child soldier is and what they have done. “Child soldier” is a shorthand term for a girl or boy under the age of 18 recruited or used by any armed force or armed group in any capacity (UNICEF, 2007). It refers not only to children who involved in combat, but also to children who...
How important is your family to you? To me my family is very important because they are the people I care the most about and I would do anything for them. In A long way gone a memoir written by Ishmael Beah is about a young boy named Ishmael Beah and how he went from being an ordinary child that played soccer and liked listening to rap music to being part of the army to fight against the rebels. After...