“A Long Way Gone” Final Essay “Somebody being shot in front of you, or you yourself shooting somebody became just like drinking a glass of water.” (Ishmael Beah). “A Long Way Gone” was written by Ishmael Beah and published in 2007. It is a written masterpiece that captivates its readers by telling us his story, a former child soldier. In this he narrates the pain, the suffering and the fear that he endured for three years, literally fighting for his life against the rebels that caused all the chaos and the mayhem. Reading the book was like a rollercoaster ride of emotions and I am going to share what I believe are the three most important scenes.
This family is also dealing with mental illness. August Boatwright is a member of this family and has been surrounded by this sickness for more than half of her life. Two of her sisters have this problem and it has genuinely affected August for better or worse. Lily’s father, T-Ray, deals with his mental illness by using violence and taking his anger out on Lily because of what happened with his wife Deborah. This causes Lily to feel unloved by her father.
Holden has so many courteous words to describe Allie. The impact of losing his brother seems to be very difficult for Holden. Salinger uses Allie’s death to show that cancer, primarily pediatric cancer, has a huge effect on the child’s family. Holden continues on stating that when he was thirteen “...they were going to have me psychoanalyzed and all, because I broke all the windows in the garage. I don’t blame them.
Meanwhile, the thief had thrown away the brown bag and his gloves, and started to make his way back to the motel he was staying at. By this point, Mrs. Smith was really starting to freak out and considered calling the police when her husband walked up with their Dominos pizza, tickets to the Homecoming football game, a mum with his wife’s name on it, and some sunscreen. When he saw how distraught his wife looked though, he immediately found a place to set down all the things he had brought and went over to her. When he found out what had happened, they called the police, explained the situation, and then Mr. Smith brought Mrs. Smith over to a picnic table to calm down a bit and eat a little pizza. After they had eaten and Mrs. Smith was a little calmer, Mr. Smith pinned the mum on her to cheer her up and they went to go talk to the
While going along with his mother he too grew a hatred for the helpless David. He would hide food in the basement where David stayed, on purpose, so his mother would find it and beat David for stealing food. Although, towards the end of The Lost Boy, and during A Brother’s Journey Dave was taken out of the house he had been abused in for all his life. Now that David is gone, his mother has nobody to take her drunken anger out on. She
He almost died last spring and I realized how much he continues to influence people, especially me. He taught me to have dreams and set goals. “If people don’t laugh at your dreams, they aren’t big enough, son.” But he also emphasized planning! “No one plans to fail, but if you fail to plan you will fail.” Since I was about 13 I had a desire to become a teacher and coach, but didn’t develop a plan until high school. I remember some of my friends laughing at me when I said
This is the most iconic scene in the entire book because it signifies rebirth for the workers. The workers had been struggling for so long that they learned to make do with whatever materials they had available. Rose of Sharon may have lost her child, but that did not stop her from becoming a mother figure. She used whatever resources she had, which in this case was her breast milk, and used it to nurse the man back to health. Rose of Sharon is comforting the man
It made me realize that we take for granted our fluency. It affects all aspects of these individuals lives. These individuals were very inspiring and made me see that it is possible to overcome an obstacle as challenging as a stutter. Not only does it affect individuals but it affects their families as well.
The Foster Kid Sheila Frazier once said ‘Foster children are brave little children.’ This is true, and what’s sad about it is the reason why they are one of the bravest kids ever. I remember being in 4th grade when near the end of the year we got a new student. This was rather odd given that it school was literally at an end so why even bother going thru the hazel of registering and doing all the paperwork if it was going to end. Either way that didn’t matter the new kid was here. When the teacher told him to introduce himself he was extremely shy.
The book Between Shades of Grey changed me because it showed me to always stay true to yourself. It showed me to help each other especially in bad times. This book is about a fifteen year old girl whose family is taken. Lina’s family cared for everyone even if they were being obnoxious.They helped everyone whether they knew them or not.Lina’s family had open arms to everyone they met. People always have a chance to help others and we should show it more.
Another example of this theme includes when the man calls for an ambulance many times and never receives an answer. However when he calls dominos pizza, they pick up immediately. Although Domino’s pizza wasn’t any help for the woman having seizures, the example proves the theme because after many
The violence within the Johnson home isn 't only perpetrated by the mother, Mary Johnson. The children are forced to witness their parents fighting prior to the death of their father. Still,there is even another form of violence that Maggie is subjected to. This violence comes in the form of sibling abuse at the hands of Jimmie. The first instance of this abuse is seen within the readers first meeting of Maggie.
When he is the victim of a small robbery in his mother’s bookstore, he becomes so anxious that he will not let her out of his sight, “A little boy shouldn’t have to think about locking doors, a child shouldn’t have to worry about keeping [everyone] safe,” (Gudenkauf 122). It is common in youth to experience heightened symptoms when they deal with a crime because they are much more innocent than adults. Unfortunately for Joshua, he is also the victim of almost being drowned by his new found aunt. Using the events previously laid out in the novel, the reader can infer that he will again be negatively be effected by a crime, especially when it is his aunt that tries to kill
He arrives to his apartment and tells his mom what happened to him, Richard was surprised to the responce his mom gave him. The mom 's responce was giving Richard a stick, telling him to not come home until he brings food, and kicks him out the apartment. Richard goes food shopping again after he finishes