Essay on The Long Way Gone By Ishmael Beah

1092 Words May 20th, 2016 5 Pages
What is war really like? Is it just like how the movies and tv shows portray it to be? A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah, give us as the reader an in depth, real life experience into what being in the midst of a war is really like.This nonfiction novel tells the story of Ishmael Beah. Ishmael used to live a normal life in Sierra Leone, until one day while he is away a rebellion force attacks his home town. Ishmael 's life is completely turned upside down, He must survive on his own. Scavenging for food, fighting off nature and even proving his worthiness to other towns. Ishmael is forced to become a soldier at the age of 12. Ishmael has a new perspective on life and is turned into “killing machine” when forced onto drugs. Later being saved helps ishmael get his life back on track. Ishmael Beah going through what he has, has worked hard to get to the level of success he has now. Telling the reality of what war in foreign countries is really like, is what keeps Mr. Beah going today. Gives him meaning in life. The main theme of this novel is hope. Never lose it. A long Way Gone is a story a young boy never losing hope, showing great confident, and defying the odds. Using real life accounts, metaphors and a first person point of view, this novel gets it’s message across clearly. The use of excessive violence and the fact that it contains “slower reads” are points to criticise, but certainly do not take away from the quality of this novel. The title “A long Way Gone” is a…

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