Analysis Of A Long Way Gone Memoirs Of A Boy Soldier By Ishmael

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Sudan, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Rwanda, here are only a few countries in which children are used to fight and endure war up close. Throughout history and many cultures children have been used for direct part ( actual soldiers), support roles (spies and messengers), and even political advantages ( human shields and propaganda). This is the cruel reality that these children face everyday. During their time in an environment like this the children are indoctrinated by many different tactics. In A Long Way Gone Memoirs Of a Boy Soldiers by Ishmael Beah, Ishmael describe the use of drugs, violent movies, the use of vengance and the label of “winner” in competitions of killing quickest to fuel their minds to become killers. These categories of tactics …show more content…
During these movie session the children usually get ideas from movies such as Rambo and Commando. Because of these movies children adapted to seeing these men as a role models and could not wait to implicate their techniques. Ishmael follows by describing their mindset during this time , “ We watched movies at night. War movies, Rambo: First Blood, Rambo II, Commando, and so on, with the aid generator or sometimes a car battery. We all wanted to be like Rambo; we couldn 't wait to implement his techniques” (121). The children stood by their goals as well. Alhaji continued by making a goal to use Rambos techniques and followed through.While actively watching movies the children often got called into action and are to make a raid against the rebels . Ishmael describes, “Sometimes we were asked to leave for war in the middle of a movie. We would come back hours later after killing many people and continue the movie as if we had just returned from intermission” (124). After these raids the children would simply come back and resume watching the movie as if nothing had happened due to the fact that this help reassure that to them killing was something normal, that it 's just a day to day thing. This left a long lasting effect on the children by desensitizing their judgment of their morals in the real world vs their knowledge compromised by war movies and

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