Book Analysis: A Long Way Gone

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A tree falls, separating an event in half, a person is on one side and one is on the other side of the tree. One person thought they saw the tree fall naturally and the other thought the tree was cut down. Both people witnessed the same tree fall, but from different perspectives. The people that saw the tree fall down continue tell their side of the story differently according to the way they saw it. Generations get used to hearing only the single story and only believe one side. A single story is dangerous because it gives an incomplete perspective on an event and only half of the truth, causing people to form a discriminatory response, whereas, multiple stories complete the entire picture and provide many perspectives. A single story not only affects a person’s opinion, but it can affect an individual’s actions to a…show more content…
The cause of the Sierra Leone war was diamonds. Not even the civilians knew the complete story. The Blood Diamond Documentary informs people about the Sierra Leone war and it’s bloodshed, but just watching it doesn’t give you the whole truth. Child soldiers did many things wrong, but they are also victims of the war. A Long Way Gone allows people to become personally attached to the main character, Ishmael Beah, who was a child soldier. Throughout the book, a twelve-year-old boy loses his family and himself. Beah was easily manipulated into becoming a child soldier, just like so many other children. In the article, “Child Soldiers,” it summarizes how easily children can be manipulated during states of emergency, “Children are particularly susceptible to manipulation and forced recruitment due to their physical and emotional immaturity.” Being a young child during the Sierra Leone war made it easier to recruit them. All child soldiers are victims of a single story; manipulated into killing innocent people because of their emotional state and left to be discriminated against, like Ishmael
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