Later, Dahmer crushed the bones and scattered them across the yard (biography.com). These actions show that Dahmer may have had abandonment issues because he was left right after his graduation by his mother, father, and brother. Goodtherapy.org says that, “a child who was physically abandoned by a parent or caregiver may struggle with mood swings or anger throughout life.” Jeffrey Dahmer was left out a lot in his childhood so a lot of Dahmer’s built up rage was let out on Steven Hicks. Jeffrey wanted to be in control and brutally murdering Hicks gave him some of that control
On DebateWise.org it is stated that some kids join because they live in poverty and will otherwise starve to death. They feel like they don’t have any choice but to join. Other times they are convinced being a soldier will be safer for them, that they will be safer when they’re the ones behind the gun, not in front of it. In Ishmael Beah’s “Long Way Gone” he describes how during the civil war in Sierra Leone, rebels would march into cities and chose the children who seemed the strongest. Many times the rebels would then force their newly recruited members to kill weaker civilians in the city.
Even the prosecuting attorney for his case stated, “I don’t doubt for a second, never have doubted, that had he not been caught, Eric Smith would have killed again,” (When Children Kill By: Diane Kratz Feb 11, 2013 Aside) According to Phil Chalmers, a teen violence and youth culture expert, there are usually specific reasons why teens kill. They include being bullied at school, depression, lack of guidance or discipline and even mental illness are just to name a few. (Inside The Mind Of a Teen Killer; 2009 Nelson, Phil Chalmers). Eric Smith appeared to have many of those
Finally Beah is forced to experience violence in a very monumental way. Beah becomes a child soldier which results in my opinion the biggest loss of innocence in his life. He is forced to kill without fully understanding what he has done. Beah also must do this with the use of drugs which results in him not being able to tell the difference between right and wrong. Beah’s experiences should stand as a lesson to all in showing the importance of innocence and family as a
I feel like David’s spirituality played a very negative factor in his life until he was able to reach older adulthood. From the beginning it does appear that David suffered early trauma from the death of his father, loss of his mother and being sent to boarding school away from his grandmother. The trauma, continued from the beatings he received while in school and continued on through Vietnam and into adulthood. He continued struggle through adult hood with homelessness, alcoholism, and the loss of relationship with his son. There does not appear to be a whole lot of spirituality going on with David until much later in his life.
Violence continues to exist which is a major issue in today’s world. The US government is so centered around terrorism overseas, grave injustice inside of the nation 's own particular fringes is being disregarded. In the article "Bushwick Gets a Fresh Coat,” Amy O’Leary discusses about a man named Joseph Ficalora who experienced many painful incidents in Bushwick, Brooklyn and transforms that negativity into a new beginning of art. Throughout his life he had to suffer the burden of losing his father and mother. Joseph’s father death resulted from being knifed for his wallet and a non valuable chain at the time Joseph was just 12 years old.
Finally, a real-life being that has demonstrated what it means to be gritty is Elie Wiesel, because he was one of the few survivors of the Holocaust. Wiesel was only fifteen years old when his family and he were first deported to concentration camps. He was separated from his three sisters and his mother. Wiesel and his father suffered indescribable hardships and suffering for the next several months, moving from one concentration camp to another. Wiesel’s father had suffered unbearable pain; he fought endlessly, hovering between life and death for days.
I believe this because Ishmael wants to get revenge on the rebels for killing some of friends, during war. He is also determined to find his family, which he lost when the rebels were coming towards his village, the only person he was with from his family, was his older brother Junior. In the book A Long Way Gone it states, “This is one of the consequences of the civil war. People stop trusting each other, and every stranger becomes an enemy” (pg. 37).
Here are a few of the similarities between the two books. They were both young kids who became soldiers too soon in their lives. Both had no right to be in battle at their age. Another similarity is that they both got wounded. Charley got shot and Henry got hit in the head with a gun.