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    Ishmael Beah Quotes

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    other people who wanted to cause him harm, he was captured by the Sierra Leone Military. They taught him how to fight and turned him into a child soldier. As an innocent boy in Mogbwemo, he was going to school and striving to get an education. He never really understood the war, as he said in Chapter One, “There were all kinds of stories told that made it sound as if it was happening in a faraway and different land.” (page 18, line 1) When he, his older brother Junior, and their friend Talloi went to a talent show in Mattru Jong, their hometown of Mogbwemo was attacked by rebels. They decide to go back and try to find their families. On the way back, they see many villagers who are running away from the attack and are severely wounded. They pass a woman who, without looking at them, says “Too much blood has been spilled where you are going. Even the good spirits have fled from that place.” (page 23, line 8), they decide to turn around and go back to Mattru Jong. This is the point where he is officially a refugee. After the boys are left to survive on their own, their first goal is to find their families. They walk village to village looking for a place to stay the night and food. The boys are starving many days, as Beah says in Chapter Five “We were so hungry that it hurt to drink water and we felt cramps in our guts.” (page 42, line 1) After many times where the boys are being shot at they get separated, Beah is all alone. He gets lost in a forest for many days, starving…

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    A Long Way Gone Summary

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    A Long Way Gone by: Ishmael Beah Chapter 1 Ishmael (main character) ten years old describes the idea of war as entirely abstract to his young mind and insists that he and his fellow villagers didn't have the capacity to understand what the refugees coming through his village had experienced Ishmael, Junior, Talloi, and Mohamed sing rap music- learned during visit to Mobimbi (fathers and other foreigners worked for an American company) music has defined how they dress and speak January 1993- set…

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    Family In A Long Way Gone

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    Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah. Ishmael develops his theme by showing his relationship with his older brother, Junior, he’s the one person that understands Ishmael completely. In chapter six, Ishmael and his group of friends get captured by rebels. After Ishmael is chosen he says, “Junior wasn’t chosen, and I stood facing him on the other side of the crowd, on my way to become a rebel. I looked at him, but he avoided eye contact, putting his head down. It seemed as if our worlds were different…

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    Ishmael Beah was a component of the child recruited soldier. He was born on Nov 23, 1980, in Sierra Leone. Ishmael and his brother fall in love with hip hop at such a young age. To them, Hip Hop is just a music and they enjoying it, not knowing that Hip Hop will later be a lifesaver. In 1991, The civil war in Sierra Leone started; Ishmael, an innocent young boy, on the other hand has no clue of what a war looks like. He would never think that this war, particularly will transmute his life…

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    Ishmael’s reaction to violence as he is running from the rebels is presented by his reaction to the survivors of the attack on the mining area as Ishmael is leaving Mattru Jong. As a man falls out of his jeep sobbing and vomiting blood, Ishmael states that he “felt a sting in his heart”, and when Ishmael sees the man’s bloodied family, dead, fall out of the jeep, Ishmael “wanted to move away from what [he] was seeing, but couldn’t. [His] feet went numb and [his] entire body froze” (13). The…

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    and a great addition to the English IV curriculum. Equally important, Beah implies that, universally, all humans regardless of cultural differences, or geographic location hold the concept of survival in the highest esteem. Notably, when Beah and his little company of five other boys are fleeing the rebels after Mattru Jong and after moving from village to village, narrowly escaping death, they are then captured “One day, as soon as we had left the forested area of a village we had bypassed, a…

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    Gone By Ishmael Beah

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    For starters, towards the beginning of the memoir Beah and his friends are off to Mattru Jong to rap in a talent show. The boys, “(Had) loaded (their) backpacks…Since (they) intended to return the next day, (they) didn’t say goodbye or tell anyone where (they) were going”(7). Here, Beah aluminates figurative language by foreshadowing his future. Beah sheds lights upon the reader to infer how he left home with only a backpack and the clothes on his back. In effect of not saying goodbye to anyone…

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    Healing the Mind of a Child Soldier “I didn’t feel a thing for him, didn’t think much what I was doing…The prisoner was simply another rebel who was responsible for the death of my family, as I had come to truly believe” (Beah 124). In the Memoir “a long way gone” by Ishmael Beah, sees 12-year-old Ishmael trying to survive in the war stricken country of Sierra Leone. Ishmael is just an ordinary boy when the RUF (Revolutionary United Front) attacks his home of Mattru Jong, while he is away in a…

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    Throughout his journey he leaves his home to try to get away from the war. When the war breaks out in his hometown for the first time Beah is with his friends and his brother, Junior, a town over: “Gibrilla explained that the teachers had told them that the rebels had attacked Mogbwemo, our home. School had been canceled until further notice. We stopped what we were doing” (Beah 9). At that point in time Beah knew that most of his family was at home when the attack happened. He does not know if…

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    A Long Way Gone Theme

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    years old, who is away to perform along with his brother and friends when rebels attack his village. During all this chaos, confusion and ambiguity of war, all of them are left to wander from village to village in search of food and shelter and along the way commit to acts they had never thought of doing so otherwise. The book explores around a lot of different themes throughout the reading and for this paper I will talk about the methods of child recruitment, the role as child soldiers and…

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