Essay on A Long Way Gone Argument

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Eddie Salcedo
Mr. Stone
December 5, 2012
7th period
A Long Way Until The End of This Essay

The author of A Long Way Gone argues against boy soldiers but also against the loss of innocence. Beah’s parents are burned alive by the rebels; this is the first step towards his animosity towards them. In his story he talks about snorting brown brown, shooting men and how he was slowly corrupted by the men around him, turning him into a machine. It tells the story of a world as horrendous as any imagined by the darkest of fiction writers. However, upon completion of the book, I have realized that I have made a journey from darkness to redemption along with the author. Look in the book where the UNICEF officials are dehumanizing the
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What this creates is a society free of morals, acceptance, forgiveness and all the wonderful things that make us human. Without kindness, self-expression and creativity and of course love, they become like machines, and learn only to follow orders mechanically. Living in constant fear and uncertainty, they become dehumanized. Physical punishments are also common as child soldiers are taught from early on, the consequences of not following orders. “I shot everything that moved.” - Ishmael Beah
“This country has lost its good heart, people don’t trust each other anymore” (Page 56)The taking of others property or stealing is another major cause of an argument which can also lead to war. “I just wanted to kill it because it ate the only food we had.” which was a line said by Ishmael on (Page 78). The overall greed or hunger of powerful people, such as soldiers, can be devastating to small isolated villages and or communities. “The rebels will kill anyone from this village, because they will consider us their enemy spies.” (Pg. 106)
The effects of the war spread far beyond the battlefield. The military of the great powers moved young boys away from their homes, some for good. The war brought ruin to many, to others hope it had a devastating effect as thousands of soldiers died and civilians were killed in the war. Ishmael Beah, through the help of the staff at the rehabilitation center, he learned how to forgive himself, to regain humanity, and, finally, to heal. I

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