War In Ishmael Beah's A Long Way Gone

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Not experiencing war is a luxury many people unfortunately do not get; however, Ishmael Beah, the author of A Long Way Gone, lives and survives the war, though not without heartache. With war there is always fear, death, and hell. Ishmael Beah proves war is hell through the killing of civilians, the distrust, and the after effects of the war. Ishmael proves war is hell through the killing of civilians. Many innocent bystanders of the war are forced out of their homes, made to run for their lives. Ishmael witnesses many of these killings. For example, Ishmael watches a mother carrying her dead child whom “...had been shot dead as she ran for her life” (Beah 13). This mother is forced out of her home and loses her child due to the war. The loss of a child is like living in hell. Another example of this is when Ishmael sees a father carrying his dead son, repeatedly saying “I will get you to the hospital, my boy, and everything will be fine” (Beah 13). Also, the civilians who are not killed immediately are often captured and tortured. Ishmael and his friends went back to Mattru Jong because of starvation, even though they knew it was dangerous. The RUF then capture the boys and some other civilians, including a weak old man. The rebels interrogate this old man at gunpoint. A rebel places a gun to the mans head and asks if he has any last words, then the rebel pulls the trigger. The old man screams, exclaiming “My head! My brains!” (Beah 33). The incorrigible rebels did not

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