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    Symbolism in A Long Way Gone: Memoir of a Boy Soldier Malcom X once said: “Power in defense of freedom is greater than power in behalf of tyranny and oppression” (izquotes) Freedom is fundamental to the growth of humanity. In A Long Way Gone: Memoir of a Boy Soldier, author Ishmael Beah examines the concept of freedom and oppression through illustrating his encounters as a child soldier during the Sierra Leone civil war in the 1990s. The dark influences of war strips Beah of his childhood innocence and transforms him into a senseless killing machine, until he is rescued and rehabilitated by UNICEF. Throughout the novel, Beah illustrates a clear image of his struggle for freedom against the oppressive influences of war. In his literary work, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, Ishmael Beah uses symbols to underscore his central theme of freedom,as evidenced by his symbolizations of moon, cassette tapes and Beah’s gun. To start, the moon denotes the theme of Beah’s search for freedom and his suffer from oppression. First, the moon, in Beah’s childhood, is a symbol of virtue, as he describes, “We must strive to be like the moon” (Beah 16), because everyone is happy when the moon is up. Specifically, “a woman cradling a baby at her breast” (Beah 17), the image he sees on the moon, evidently, symbolizes the moon as love, happiness and hope. Later on, when Beah drifts into the war, the moon guides his way and renders him hope, revealed in his description, “I looked into…

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    Some do not know the difference between story-truth and happening truth. In Tim O’Brien’s book about the Vietnam War he tells many stories. He starts off by explaining what each man carried, going into the war itself where people are killing other people and soldiers are dying, then talking about a man O’Brien killed, ending with what types of emotion these soldiers brought home with them. Some feel grief, torn, lost, and others simply feel okay. War gives each man a different feeling towards…

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    Life, it’s funny, how one little thing can have such a large impact on it. In the case of “The Lottery”, the little black box has a profound effect on the towns’ people. In this instance it has a profound impact on one person in particular, Tessie Hutchinson. Tessie Hutchinson finds that in an instant life can change right before your eyes. She proclaims at the end of the story, “It isn’t fair, it isn’t right.” (243) Can you imagine a simple box could carry so much weight? This box that has…

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    Many people have heard stories growing up about witches and evil spirits haunting abandoned buildings and lurking around deserted towns. Let me tell you about something that is going on right here in your town of Memphis, Tennessee. It all started one day at work. First, Drew a coworker said: “Today is a the big day!” when he walked into the lab “We have to go out to Voodoo Village to finish up our surveillance on mosquitos.” This made me very nervous because when I remember in my home…

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    It all ended on a Monday in Utah at exactly 7:15 pm. When I describe myself as a white haired, red eyed, and average weight and height 15 year old people think I'm albino. Its actually the opposite I'm a bit tanned in fact. Well after deciding to walk around the park for ten minutes I decided to go home. By then it was 7:10 pm and after walking for another five minutes I took a breather. When I was finished I started walking again then I heard a ''chink!'' And looked down. I dropped my wallet ,…

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    The Nye County Sheriff's Department was called at about 3:15 p.m. to Love Ranch in Crystal, Nevada, about 70 miles outside of Las Vegas for a report of an unresponsive man needing an ambulance, Sheriff Sharon A. Wehrly said in a statement. Odom was stabilized and taken to Desert View Hospital in nearby Pahrump, the statement said. Officials then tried to have him airlifted to Las Vegas, but the 6-foot-10-inch Odom was too tall for the helicopter that was available and he was driven by ambulance…

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    Split Power Of Injustice

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    The psychological film directed by M. Night Shyamalan was released January 2017 and lacks all qualities of humanity. Shyamalan has a habit of writing complicated and unexpected endings that leave the audience questioning. His rising success from The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable, slowly crumbled after a series of disappointing and predictable movies. However, it began again after the release of the comedy horror, The Visit which has now led to the success of his recent film Split. Nevertheless,…

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    quotation marks so plagiarism does not occur. In chapter six of the book, “Joyride,” Kunstler describes “a machine that promised liberation from the daily bondage of place. And in a free country like the United State, with the unrestricted right to travel, a vast geographical territory to spread out into, and a national tradition of picking up and moving whenever life at home become intolerable, the automobile came as a blessing.” (Kunstler, 1993, p. 86) “Many young adults, like myself, can…

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    James Howard Kunstler’s The Long Emergency is the stuff of suburban nightmare. As someone who has lived her entire life in the comforts and trappings of suburbia, the events that have been laid out in this text have raised several levels of alarm inside myself. Many suburbanites schlep their reusable bags into their hybrid or flex-fuel vehicles and regularly run their several mile journey to the grocery store multiple times a week. In the absence of fossil fuels, not only would this trip for…

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    This semester in our community and regional planning class we learned about the general realities of planning. Our last and final assignment is to read and write a review and assessment of The Best-Laid Plans by Randal O' Tool and The Geography of Nowhere by James Kunstler. Both were books that had some good points and at times were a little bit dry and hard to get through, but I drudged through it to deliver this fantastic review and assessment. The Geography of Nowhere is a thirteen-chapter…

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