Analysis Of Ishmael Beah From 'A Long Way Gone'

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War is an eclipse - the darkness that veils prosperity. It has always been associated with negativity and instability. Death and destruction follow every path and the minds of people are thrown into disorder. At times like these, many cannot see any array of hope. However, behind the darkness of the eclipse lies the light of the corona. The corona of positivity that stays strong within adversity and uncertainty. The population most affected by war are the soldiers and the victims. They live, die, and confront both the negative and the positive. However, a soldier’s positivity derives from more brutal and destructive experiences than those of a war victim.
Violence, under many circumstances causes harm to its victims, but it is the blood and lifeline of the soldiers. Ishmael Beah from A Long Way Gone is a prime example of a boy soldier amid war. “We needed
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They find happiness in their enduring life and even find joy in the budding life of others. “Love has a way of being infectious. Watching them, I forgot about my problems” (Kamara 82). Despite Kamara’s mental age from the grim scenes and events that she had encountered, she was still a young girl. Like any other female teenager her age, she found an attraction towards the topic of love. This pulled her away from her other worldly difficulties, and she was once again able to blush from a beautiful scenery. As a victim, she is still able to live a normal life and find happiness from it. Before Beah became a soldier, he stumbled upon a similar experience. “Even in the middle of the madness, there remained that true and natural beauty, and it took my mind away from the current situation” (Beah 59). He was closer to the carnage than Kamara was and witness more of the terror. Despite this, he still found assurance and a reason for optimism. Kamara and Beah discovered determination from the present, and this gave them the courage to confront their

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