Analysis Of Ishmael Beah In A Long Way Gone: The Hero's Journey

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John Green once said, “For me the hero’s journey is not the voyage from weakness to strength. The true hero’s journey is the voyage from strength to weakness.” Ishmael Beah went from feeling like he was on top of the world to feeling like he didn’t belong in this crazy world. Beah follows Campbell’s idea of the hero's journey. It appears in drama, storytelling, myth, religious ritual, and psychological development. It describes the typical adventure of the archetype known as The Hero, the person who goes out and achieves great deeds on behalf of the group, tribe, or civilization.In A Long Way Gone, Ishmael Beah wrote about his life experience before he came to America and what he had to go through as a kid. With losing his family, then becoming a child…show more content…
When he finally gets out and is with at least someone he is blood related to, then his uncle ends up dying and he runs away to try and get to America. A Long way Gone follows the pattern of Joseph Campbell’s monomyth, The Hero’s Journey. The Hero’s Journey of Ishmael Beah in A Long Way Gone starts off with the separation stage of the journey. This stage is about the separation of the hero from the normal world. “The separation of our parents left marks on us that were visible to the youngest child in our town. We became the evening gossip.” (Beah 42) In the ordinary world we judge people based
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