He cooperated well with his fellow soldiers, working with their plans and directing his own. Beah even remarked he felt better about being a soldier as a result of his successes (124). By the time he was put into rehabilitation, though he lost what he gained as a soldier, he later gained the proficiency of speaking about his experiences. Through his connections with others from rehabilitation, he climbed up so he could eventually speak on the war and raise awareness about Sierra Leone’s child soldiers (198). Being a soldier and being a speaker as a survivor showcased Beah’s incredible
Therefore, making it evident of the before and after of the war, no one at that age would be disrespected before the war, which made the effects of the social norms evident. They are continuously reminded of the rebels that killed their families and that they are inhumane. The theme of the horror of war is prevalent throughout the novel as Ishmael and the other boys face
They brainwashed Ishmael and made him believe that he was doing good by joining their army. They made him do drugs and watch violent movies to alter his mind. He didn’t feel compassion for anyone including his victims and himself. () He didn’t even think about what he was doing when he killed people, he just thought that he was doing what he was supposed to do. Ishmael wouldn’t have done any of those things before they changed him and made him into a child soldier.
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!’
My childhood had gone by without my knowing, and it seemed as if my heart had frozen” (pg. 127). The soldiers in Ishmael’s village had made them fight so much, that killing has become virtually all they know. They had essentially been brainwashed, for they had not yet become capable of making their own choices. Therefore, they do not hold responsibility for their actions and shouldn’t be viewed as monsters, but rather as children who didn’t know any
In the beginning of the boy's rehabilitation, they caused chaos. Ishmael wrote, “It hadn't crossed their mind that a change in environment wouldn't immediately make us normal boys; we were dangerous and brainwashed to kill.” (Chapter 15, page 135) They became accustomed to committing horrific killings so when they were taking out of the war they did what they been doing for the duration of it.
It caused Ishmael to become violent and unstable. A childhood without innocence can be a terrible time. Ishmael’s childhood was the civil war of his country. Although experience in war is different for everyone, being in war with the same circumstances as Ishmael would be similar because separating from family causes emotional instability and it would be different because Ishmael has a healthy body.
When the children were not in the field fighting they were forced to watch movies about war. They were surrounded by the violence all day every day. They were brainwashed to believe that they had to fight to survive. “My squad is my family, my gun is my provider, and protector, and my rule is to kill or be killed” (Beah, 116). Prior to the war and violence Ishmael lived a normal life but once he was surrounded by the war he was forced to have a survival mentality the he believed justified the killings.
The biography, A Long Way Gone, Memoirs of a boy Soldier, by Ishmael Beah, tells the story of a thirteen year old boy who spends his childhood being compelled to fight in the civil war in Sierra Leone. Ishmael Beah tries to avoid fighting for the rebels by running from town to town with his friends as the rebels advanced. Finally, his luck runs out and Ishmael Baeh is forced to serve in the civil war for the rebels. The story goes on to describe his horrific childhood as a soldier in Sierra Leone and his eventual rescue by Unicef and rehabilitation center. In this passage, Ishmael Beah created a mental image that allows us to visualize how disturbing and how unreal living in wartone Sierra Leone during the early 1980’s.
Later, UNICEF came and decided to take Ishmael out of the war and put him in a rehabilitation center. In this part of the novel, the reader can see how his desire for killing has controlled him completely. By fighting and killing rebel members in the rehabilitation center and beating up the guards to force them into doing what the children wants to do, the reader can see that the war has changed their ways of life and thoughts. The army was able to change Ishmael 's desires and from that, he became a deadly
The reality of war bleeds into the fiction of war films, which helps to further disconnect the soldiers from the truth of situation. Ishmael's almost cinematic nightmares feel like a product of this conditioning and only through rehabilitation is he able to confront and discuss his wartime actions. When he is being trained, Ishmael learns to channel his rage and seek vengeance for his family. Though he had spent months suppressing his emotions for the sake of survival, Lieutenant Jabati and his men encourage Ishmael and the boys to tap into the fear and anguish in order to
Even a young boy like himself was feared by villagers. This is hard for a young Ishmael to understand because in his eyes he is still an innocent boy. When he arrives into the army, the government soldiers modify his mind to that of a ruthless Rambo like killer. Ishmael commits acts that should never be done at any age, let alone in his teen years. However he does not come to terms with what has happened until he is omitted to a rehabilitation center.
One of the effects of war is the loss of normal human interaction, not only with families with ordinary strangers. When Ishmael is roaming the forest alone, he comes across a family in a lake. They are very weary of him because of the boy soldiers that have been recruited. Ishmael said, “It was clear from the tone of his voice that he didn't want
Every night as the moon shines over the camp he vividly remembers the bloody body of his father and mother silhouetted against the moonlight. Next day a few people in combat dresses wearing red bandannas told them that his parents were killed by the army and he was taken after a three-day walk to a camp where he was taught how to shoot rifles and how to use a dagger to chop off heads of the “feudal forces”. He was twelve then and for the next six years he lived a