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 include Ishmael hiding and surviving from the rebels, Ishmael transitioning and being trained into a child soldier, and Ishmael’s recovery and rehabilitation. The most important scene in “A Long Way Gone” is when Ishmael and five other people were hiding and trying to sustain themselves from the rebels. This is an important moment in the memoir because it tells us about their struggle and the dread that they felt. One quote from the book that exemplifies this aspect of the book is
The image of his wrestles contorting allows the audience to see just how emotionally effected Hitchens was. His audience feels sympathy for his distress and understands the extent of Mark’s effect on the author through the use of his striking imagery, hear the audience begins to understand the enormous force one can have on another. However great the effect of Mark’s death was on Hitchens, it cannot compare to the effect on Mark’s parents. Hitchens uses imagery again when attempting to illustrate the parents feelings, writing that they live in “a world that alternates very sharply and steeply between grief and pride” (2). Hitchens creates an image of another world, as if to say that in this world, one could never understand how the Dailys must feel.
Amerigo now has to defend, and protect the natives because the tribe decided to get malicious once again. In order to protect himself and to destroy the tribe, he had to sink their canoes with his ships. Vespucci had killed many that day, but he was defending himself and the poor lives that were lost due to the cruel acts of that tribe. They had wanted to settle this civilly, but the natives didn’t even get the chance to before the other tribe just grabbed their weapons and went to town. Amerigo admits to killing the natives of that tribe, but he had a very just reason, which was self defense and to protect the honor of poor defenseless natives.
Memoirs of a Boy Soldier ★★★★ I rated this book 4 stars because I really enjoyed reading this book and learning about what goes on with the children(mainly boys) out in Sierra Leone. It was interesting knowing that these are the kind of things that happen in the third-world countries and the children are forced to live through it. 2. Page Number: 33 Short passage: “He kept screaming, ‘My head! My brains!’ The rebels laughed at him.
Examples of this maturation are shown when he explains, "It was good that God kept the truths of life from the young as they were starting out or else they’d have no heart to start at all" (284). Our view of the story changes as well when we notice that Grady 's life of adventure and experiences turns into tragedy and misfortune. His life is more about loss than accomplishment to the point where his life is an ultimate failure. By the conclusion of this story Grady has undergone a complete change. First person point of view used by McCarthy has ended up being a very successful way of telling the story.
He was buried at sea, because that was the custom and Islamic tradition. This photo shows Osama bin Laden, before he was killed by the US. The news of Osama bin Laden’s death greatly upset al-Qaeda, and they swore to avenge the death of their leader. The US received many threats from the terrorist group but there were no more attacks following his death. Once bin Laden was dead, the US could focus more of their money and resources as well as their time on other attempts to combat terrorism.
Symbolism is the use of symbols to represent ideas or qualities. In A Lesson Before Dying, author Ishmael Beah uses symbolism to reinforce the theme of oppression and the struggle for freedom. First, Beah’s rap cassettes symbolize his free boyhood and the loss of it. Beah carries a cassette with him until he is conscripted into the army. The cassette stays in his pocket, and acts as a reminder of his free childhood.
The author argues that waterboarding is just as torturous as slavery and that if waterboarding is not torture then there is no such thing as torture. Hitchens uses this metaphor to create a comparison between slavery and waterboarding and to support his argument of waterboarding is torture. Throughout the story, Hitchens uses a passionate tone while describing other Americans viewpoints of the practice. In “Believe Me, Its Torture”, Hitchens uses Mr. Malcom Nance as a witness and describes him as a cold-hearted human being. Mr. Nance has played a part in the attacks of al Qaeda since the early 1990s and Hitchens states the many points that Mr. Nance makes to persuade anyone to believe waterboarding is torture.
Under the Influence I think that the memoir “Under the Influence was a great read. The speaker is really captivating with lots of great insights of his upbringing. It was also disheartening to hear a child feel confused of his father’s illness and to feel compel to do everything right in order to please his father because he believes his fathers drinking might have something to do with him. The truth of the matter is that this is a daily occurrence in many young children’s lives and in reading this passage I got a better understanding of how this can affect young children. Not only as a child but also into adult hood as well, and can even have some kind of effect on their children.
Reflection over A Long Way Gone A Long Way Gone is a memoir written by Ismael Beah. It describes Ismael’s time as a child soldier during the Civil War in Sierra Leone. This book explains in detail the obstacles Beah had encountered during this time. A Long Way Gone is filled with violence, tragedy, drugs, war and survival. It is a refreshing take on learning about the Civil War in Sierra Leone.