Ishmael Beah Thesis

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From overcoming all odds, to the imprisonment of young kids as foot soldiers, literature allows us to explore the pinnacles and the lowest places of human society. Not all literature is necessarily true, but finding out the truth of the tale the author has chosen to share from their heart or imagination is what makes literature so intriguing. Ishmael Beah, a young man from Sierra Leone, shares his life experiences as a child soldier, how it was to be captured, to fight on the front lines, and the process of rehabilitation. On the other end, is a man who chose to be a soldier, Marcus Luttrell, member of SEAL team 10. Marcus Luttrell shows the great feats that the human body is capable of enduring. Together these two pieces of literature allow…show more content…
Young kids are so susceptible to persuasion and influence, and these early experiences shape who they are as people later on in life. The book A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah shows just how terrible humans can be. However, it also allows the reader to show the beauty of a human’s spirit. Ishmael continued to be a beautiful person, went through extreme rehab, and is now helping other kids in the same situation as him, overcome the same obstacles. This story shows how such amazing people in human society have come from unfavorable situations. Ishmael easily could have blamed everyone else for his situation, his loss of family, and the drug abuse, however, instead Ishmael focused on the future and what he wanted to be, and not what he was. This example is perfect for explaining how literature can shows us every aspect of human…show more content…
Marcus Luttrell in his book Lone Survivor, examines the true mental, physical, and spiritual strength of a Navy Seal. The Taliban killing and terrorizing innocent people is what the Navy Seals were attempting to stop, or in other words, attempting to make a society built around terrorism into a healthy democracy. An interesting aspect of the book is that Marcus comments on how his memory may not be 100% accurate due to the multiple wounds and concussions he received after throwing his body off of 70 foot cliffs. The reader therefore perceives the truth of the tale and of what the real life experience was like before, during, and after the fact. The story may not convey the exact truth, however, to Marcus that book is exactly how it happened, which is what adds to this piece of literature. These men had heart and protected this country at all costs, even with ultimate
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