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.
Reflecting within itself is a very hard thing to do in the first place. It is even harder when the reflection brings up a bad memory. Reflection might be the hardest thing a person can face as it brings back the pain from past experiences. “Facing It” by Yusef Komunyakaa uses many literary techniques to describe the man’s internal battle due to events he had seen in the Vietnam War. As Yusef examines the wall, he sees names and is reminded of his fellow comrades who lost their lives.
The American soldiers that served in the Vietnam War also had major readjustment problems. This changed the way people viewed the government, media, and Constitutional
The Book a Long Way Gone shows the reader what happens when a nation goes through a civil war. “This is one of the consequences of the civil war. “People stop trusting each other, and every stranger becomes an enemy” (Beah, 37). When most people hear civil war they think of adults fighting for power, but never how they get that power. In the cases of counties like Serria Leone they turn to children to do the grunt work of war.
The idea of war was only ideal to the young boys, and that changed throughout the course of the book. The war is frowned upon by some people, Irene Hunt, as an example. First, the letters that the boys in the war wrote were never positive. They always mentioned the awful things about the war, “Things was awful bad with so many kilt and others froze.”
“One of the unsettling things about my journey, mentally, physically, and emotionally, was that I wasn't sure when or where it was going to end. I didn't know what I was going to do with my life. I felt that I was starting over and over again”(Beah 69). As a victim of the war and all the violence it has brought with it,Beah suffers
Sadly, Holden’s support system completely contrasts with an ideal support system. His mother and father are secretly invested into their personal issues his mom smoking cigarettes living in anxiety, his father working long hours and investing in unsuccessful broadways plays. Holden constantly feared making mistakes as his parent’s would either yell him or send him away to another boarding school. His oldest brother D.B in a sense abandoned him to work for Hollywood which is why he mentions Hollywood in such a scornful way as it stole his older brother from him. Because his support system is less than Ideal he doesn’t use it he’s often afraid of using it.
However, both Nathan and Perry were profoundly impacted by the trauma they experienced and were heavily affected in their adult life by their previous
“ …. The night Allie died… I broke all the goddamn windows with my fist, just for the hell of it, i hardly didn’t even know i was doing it…” I personally think that his quote that Holden says about the him finding out about the death of his brother Allie is the meaning of when his phase started. He felt lost and he didn’t know what to do, he felt like he couldn’t talk about it with anybody except his sister phoebe. In the beginning of the novel it explains how Holden 's roommate Stradlater asked him to write a meaningful essay for him about anything.
Who can ever realize, during the conflicts of life, what significant personal changes will occur that affect who they are? In Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner, Amir, Baba and Soraya change significantly by facing countless hostile events and contentiousness. Amir, a Sunni Muslim, struggles to find his place in the world due to the after effects of a traumatIzing scenario he has witnessed. This distressing event causes him to personally change and affects his determination to stand up to injustice in the future. Baba’s act of betrayal ruined his relationship with the most important people in his life.
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah was published by Sarah Crichton Books in New York on February 13th, 2007. In the memoir, Beah describes his terrifying experiences as a child soldier in Sierra Leone, a country in West Africa, during the Sierra Leone Civil War that took place during the 1990s and early 2000s. Despite a confusing, unclear end to the story, the main idea of the account on how war can damage and alter an individual and country in ways never thought possible before is effectively revealed through Beah’s strong, detailed descriptions of war in Sierra Leone, along with genuine and unforgettable words that make you wonder how you could ever complain about your childhood again. While reading Ishmael Beah’s story, it became quite apparent to me that the main point for writing his powerful memoir was for his audience to discover how war can damage and forever change a human being, as well as a country as a whole in the most unimaginable ways.
A long way gone, memoirs of a boy soldier, written by Ishmael Beah, the main character himself, is #1 on my list of recommended books for young adults. Through the touching first-person narration, the brutally honest journey has the ability to change an individual. Themes of childhood, war and humanity brings the story to life and has the power to spur growth in readers. Your children will look at the world in a more mature perspective after the eye opening read of the story of Ishmael Beah. Ishmael Beah was only 12 years old when he was first exposed to war, trapped in the Sierra Leone civil war.
Many times, others view unknown situations or topics as “cool”. Many times, they fail to realize the hardships others face. In “A Long Way Gone”, Beah’s friends had thought his experiences were cool but they would not feel the same way if they had read the memoir and understood the emotions and situations he had faced. Ishmael Beah’s memoir goes on to explain all the reasons why his experiences were not nearly cool.
I have recently read A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah, a well written story about his transformation from a young boy to a child soldier. He was taken when he was just a little boy, still enjoying his childhood and forced to fight and murder people. This isn’t the only transformation that I have seen when reading this amazing story. I see his transformation from a child to a soldier and a soldier to a civilized adult, something he struggles with a lot. In this essay, I will be telling you about the transformations I seen while I was reading this novel.
Murderer. When you think about this word, the first thing that pops into your mind wouldn’t be a child, but for many around the world, this is the case. Over 300,000 children fight in wars around the world, slaughtering person after person without mercy. Ishmael Beah’s a long way gone is about the author’s first-hand experience of the 10 – year civil war in Sierra Leone, in which he was turned into one of these brutal, savage killers and then later rehabilitated. In the beginning of the book, young Ishmael, who is about 12 years old at the time, travels to a city called Mattru Jong with his brother, Junior, to participate in a talent show, where they learn that their village was attacked by a rebel group.