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    Ishmael Prejudice Quotes

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    At first, Ishmael who is the main character, was a happy child living a normal life among his family in Sierra Leone. However, during the civil war with the Revolutionary United Front (RUF), his family got murdered, and he had no other choice than becoming a child soldier addicted to drugs and capable of terrible acts of violence. Throughout the book, the categorization process appears clearly and lead to different type of prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination. In fact, at the beginning of the book, Ismael is not a soldier; he is just a lost child wandering the forest from villages to villages in order to survive. Since then, he was already victim of categorization. In fact, he was seen by most of the people as a child soldier since at this time most of the wandering children were soldiers. Consequently, 90% of the people Ishmael and his friends happens to meet, automatically get scared and consequently act in correspondence. For example, in the chapter nine, Ishmael and his friends got attacked by a a group of fisherman assuming they were soldiers. “The fisherman jabbed us with the flat edges of their weapons until we fell on the ground. They sat on top of us, tied our hands, and took us to their chief” (p.60). Effectively, “The villagers had heard a rumor that some young people, believed to be rebels, were heading their way” (p.60). Since Ismael and his friends are a group of children and since in that time, most of groups of children were either part of the army…

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    Purpose Of War

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    Purpose. War. Peace. Family. The reasons why something is done or created with one’s intention or an objective. In the novel A Long Way Gone, by Ishmael Beah, Ishmael experiences war in his country, Sierra Leone. Ishmael then becomes a child soldier. He experiences hardships during the war and is sent to a rehabilitation center. There he found his peace after the war. He still experienced post traumatic stress disorder, during the night, but he was able to have fun with his friends…

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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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    All through life, there is a continuous battle between having the capacity to trust different people, while surviving. Inside Ishmael Beah's record of his life entitled A Long Way Gone, he mourns how war has ruined the happiness regarding meeting individuals that he once had. Beah had to confront with new individuals often, which made him be wary of whether putting his trust in that individual could end up being the root starting point of his demise one day. As Ishmael meets diverse people for…

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    The topic of child soldiers has been a very controversial dilemma for a very long time. Many people argue that child soldiers are victims, while others argue that child soldiers are perpetrators. The real question though, is whether or not all child soldiers should be given amnesty (legal forgiveness) after the war is over. But with further research, it is clear that overall, child soldiers should be given amnesty if they were forced or manipulated into joining the war. Child soldiers usually…

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    Job #1: In the beginning of the novel, Ishmael was a skinny, twelve year old African American boy that wore baggy jeans, long-sleeved shirts, and three pairs of socks that he pulled down and folded, which puffed up his sneakers (7). As the novel progressed, Ishmael became very scrawny with dirty, shabby clothes. Ishmael became extremely thin because he was not able to eat regularly. In the novel, Ishmael’s hunger ends up taking over in chapter 5, Ishmael and his friends chased after a little boy…

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    Salva Character Analysis

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    Salva. He was once just a regular kid in southern Sudan but, he didn’t know his life was about to change forever. His struggle for survival is his village is attacked while he’s at school and he has to go out into the “bush” alone and survive through all his hardships throughout this novel. It changes his struggle by having to cope with his friends and family dying and also getting to refugee camps.In this time of war, Salva has to keep dealing his group leaving him twice and on his third group…

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    “‘At our age, it’s more complicated for the rebels. So they use stronger stuff, like drugs or money, to bait us and to make us march…I remember the attack on Njola-Kombouya village, in the south of Sierra Leone. They made us wake up at 1 in the morning and we marched until 7. A doctor came. He had a small bowl of cold water, and, every two injections, he rinsed his needle in the water. It was always a small vial with red liquid. At first, I constantly felt weak and then after, I had a sense of…

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    Ishmael Beah's Innocence

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    “A war is when the government tells the people who the enemy is, a revolution is when you figure it out for yourself.” This was not true in the case of 12 year old Ishmael Beah who not only had to figure out who the enemy was, but also had to escape the trials of danger that came along with being at both ends of an AK-47. No child at that young age would deliberately put themselves in a situation where kill or be killed was their daily life motto. I think the child soldiers were highly unaware…

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    Child Soldier Sociology

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    Ishmael’s experiences of being traumatically separated from his childhood family, becoming a child soldier for his own survival, and his experience with re-socialization after being rescued by UNICEF is possibly quite similar to the traumatic stories of many of “about 250,000 children employed in armed factions worldwide” (Taylor 869). Sociology of the life course effectively assesses what happens to these children when they are separated from their familiar families and surroundings. I believe…

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