“Beah tells EW. ‘And each time I embark on a new project, I write as if it is the first and last thing that I will ever write’...we also have another memoir in the works with Beah”(Biedenharn). Ishmael continues to inspire many as they read his troubling yet inspiring books as they realize what many children go through as they fight for their lives as child soldiers. Although Ishmael had to live as a child soldier for 2 years, has managed to turn a traumatic life experience to bring
The author used great motifs to describe the importance of war and familial love in the novel. Ishmael’s life was horribly twisted when he was 12. The civil war in Sierra Leone during 1993 turned everything upside down. Ishmael was forcefully dragged into desperation, isolation, and violence. A Long Way Gone was created with the memories and stories he carried from the unreasonable blood shed, hunger, and tragedies.
Richard slowly began to miss his home and his younger brother Kenny, he realized that it is not easy to be away from home in a long period of time. For example, “It made me sad that Mama had written to Peewee to day that she loved me. She hadn’t even told me that when I was leaving.” (121). At this point in the book, I realized that Richard was very young to be in the war by himself and didn’t know how to act when he was writing to his own mother. This connects to the theme by showing age can have an impact on somebody.
Irene Hunt’s Across Five Aprils is about a family struggling through difficult times. Jethro, the main character, has gone through an awful lot for being such a young boy. He has gone through the loss of his siblings to disease and war. He now is understanding more of what war is like because his brothers are fighting thousands of miles away from home. Jethro has been living with the consequences of his brothers actions; which led to an attack on his farm as well as his water supply being compromised.
She’d say amazing things sometimes. ‘Once you’re alive,’ She’d say, ‘you can’t ever be dead’” (O’Brien 230-231.) He uses Linda to show us that even though she is gone Linda will always be a good memory to Tim. Also because Tim wrote about her in his book Linda’s story will be remembered by others forever. Her story will never die because of Tim.
This is an important moment in the memoir because this is the main story in the book and one of the reasons why it was written. One quote from the book that epitomizes this aspect of the book is “Over and over in our training he would say the same sentence: Visualize the enemy, the rebels who killed your parents, your family and those who are responsible for everything that has happened to you.” This quote is important because it shows the reader how Ishmael and a bunch of other children were trained and brainwashed into fighting. In conclusion, Ishmael’s training into becoming a soldier was difficult as he was fed with the ideas of killing the rebels that killed the people he loved and cared
For text to self the connections made with the book would be friendship issues, pain and loss, because we mostly all have friendships that are love and hate. Also everyone encounters pain that could be internal or external.. Loss is another one because everyone has lost a family member or friend in their life. For text to world, I would say the exact same because everyone in this world has had friendship issues,pain and loss. For text to text there is a lot of life lessons. For example, when Gene was irritated at Finny for the less time of being able to study, instead of telling Finny he was upset and talking to him about it, he physically hurt him by jouncing him off the tree and making him break his leg.
Have you ever just been so fed up with life and just wanted to give up so that you won't have to deal with your problems anymore? Life just seems to be overwhelming. In the book Lessons Learned, I can connect and relate to the main character. I see similar hardships that the character and I have been through. In the novel, Keyshia goes through several problems such as not seeing eye to eye with her mother, being abandoned by her mom throughout her whole 15 years and not knowing her dad until the age 16, and her younger brother Mike being with a dangerous girl.
There are many causes for depression. Some causes are death or a loss of someone close to a person can cause serious grief or sadness. A band named Daughter wrote “Youth” which is a song about getting hurt by or losing someone or something that she had loved in her past. People she has loved often leave which hurts her because she loved them. In the book, Catcher in the Rye, Holden is in the same situation as the writer of the song and people he is often close with leave him.
At the time he wasn’t only mourning the death of Annabel Lee but also the death of his wife a few years back which is the reason that he wrote The Raven. Learning about how all of the people that he loved, and cared for died will show just about anyone that it was not an easy life for Poe. A critic once said that Poe wrote and knew that any type of love had to come with loss (Kennedy). This showed a lot about Poe’s life as everyone that he loved he actually did lose. This made it a lonely life that made him very depressed.
A Long Way Gone: inaugurates a world where young men, like Ishmael Beah, are forced to participate in the civil war of Sierra Leone causing them to lose their families. This book definitely outlines the importance of family through Ishmael’s experiences of adaptation, i s o l a t i o n , a n d m e m o r i e s o f h i s p a s t . A L o n g W a y G o n e t e a c h e s u s a l e s s o n t o a p p r e c i a t e t h e family we have, compared to the loneliness Ishmael once felt as a young
Symbolism is used to help you not only understand the characters but also helps develop a coherent theme. In the long way gone the symbol used to help explain Ishmael’s struggles comes straight from his own pocket in the form of a beat-up cassette. It follows him along on the journey and with its demise you also see the tragic end of the childhood it has represented. When the fighting and violence started to occur brought by rebels and soldiers Beah and his friends still had the cassettes to enjoy and dance around with allowing them to still have an essence of childhood. Running from village to village the cassette remains in Ishmael’s pocket, like a reminder of his innocence and where he came from.