Essay on A Long Way Gone By Sir Roger Moore

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Symbolism in Oppression and Freedom
As a child grows up, they shouldn’t have to fear their childhood, they should want to relive it. As Sir Roger Moore states: “The saddest sight these days is the image of hundreds of thousands of children kidnapped and lured into being child soldiers from the age of eight.” (Sir Roger Moore). The novel, A Long Way Gone, is about a child soldier, losing his humanity fighting in the war being picked up by the government. Many symbols are used to juxtapose several violent images during his childhood. Beah uses symbols, including his AK-47 (gun), the moon, and the cassette tapes to show the central themes of oppression and freedom. In his literary work, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, Ishmael Beah uses symbols to underscore his central theme of oppression and freedom. The symbols provide freedom for Ishmael by indirectly creating an easier life. It also gives a visual representation of how the novel’s journey plays out.
Firstly, Ishmael 's AK-47 was an important symbol that he used to underscore his central theme. At the beginning of the novel, guns frightened Ishmael. He didn 't want anything to do with them, but, once he started in the war against the rebels, his gun was there to provide him with comfort. He never wanted to leave it. His gun represented power, protection, and oppression. It symbolized the power by Ishmael seeking revenge on the rebels for the cruel act of killing his family. He states: "Whenever I looked at rebels…

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