A Long Way Gone : Memoirs Of A Boy Soldier By Ishmael Beah Essay

1001 Words Nov 14th, 2016 5 Pages
Good people can do bad things

Do you ever wonder why good people end up doing the bad things in life. Ishmael Beah’s life is a perfect example of how and why he was lead to do such bad things throughout his life. In A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah, the theme of “good people can be convinced to do horrible things” is very evident throughout the story. Good people may end up doing things in their life growing up they thought they would never do. Ishmael Beah was forced to kill, show no regard to human life, and take drugs. To begin with, Ishmael Beah killed many people throughout his life in war. Ishmael did horrible things to be able to survive. He slit people 's throats while they were alive, shot people without giving them a chance and overall took people 's life away. He killed innocent people at times because he was forced to do so. He had to follow orders so he can stay in the military because he was told that if he didn’t help his army and defend them he would end up dead. Following orders were important for him to survive. In addition Ismael killed people to help his fellow army. They killed people so they can have food for all of them to be able to survive. Ishmael Beah states “whenever I looked at rebels during raids, I got angrier, because they looked like the rebels who played cards in the ruins of the village where I had lost my family. So when the lieutenant gave orders, I shot as many as I could, but I didn 't feel any better”…

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