Ishmael Beah Essays

  • Gone By Ishmael Beah

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    Sierra Leone, and the problem that is affecting us children is the war that forces us to run away from our homes, lose our families, and aimlessly roam the forests” (Beah 199). The memoir called a long way gone written by Ishmael Beah, is about a boy who lives through the deadly civil war in Sierra Leone. At the start of his story, Ishmael was traveling to a town named Mattru Jong, when the war broke out at his home town. Him and six of his friends, one of them being his older brother, all fled Mattru

  • Beah Ishmael Character Analysis

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    The experiences of Beah Ishmael was anything but normal compared to our average American life. He was from Mattru Jong, an undeveloped area in southern Sierra Leone. From 1993 all the way to 2001, an enormous civil war broke out in northwest Africa. The war displaced 4.5 million people and recruited over 300,000 child soldiers. Beah was one of the children recruited to fight in the civil war. Throughout the war, tens of thousands of people were massacred. The book Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

  • Summary Of A Long Way Gone By Ishmael Beah

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    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

  • Ishmael Beah

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    Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier is a written, first-hand experience by the author himself, Ishmael Beah. After surviving the war, he did a fantastic job describing his journey for survival.The memoir is very descriptive and a good read. Beah writes about the horrors that he saw when he was a ‘Boy Soldier’. This novel is another addition to the collection of nonfiction survival stories. This is Ishmael Beah’s most famous novel. This nonfiction story captures the author 's childhood. This novel was

  • A Long Way Gone Theme Essay

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    Sierra Leone. Beah uses the theme of family and love, along with the use of symbolism and other literary devices, to inform a larger audience of the issues that he and others had to face while trying to survive in a war zone. A Long Way Gone, an autobiographical memoir, written by Ishmael Beah, takes place in Sierra Leone during the time of their civil war. (1991-2002) Ishmael’s story solely focused on the years he was affected by the war. (1992-1997) The tale begins when with Beah, his brother,

  • Ishmael Beah Tribulations

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    I never discussed it with anyone, though, for fear of how my mother would feel. I concluded to myself that if I were the hunter, I would shoot the monkey so that it would no longer have the chance to put other hunters in the same predicament.” , (Beah 380). I don’t know why I waited until the end of the book to find a quote to start this off with, but it seems to be the best one to better understand what this book was about. This memoir is about the trial tribulations of a child soldier in a Civil

  • Ishmael Beah Innocence

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    In A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah, Beah is an adolescent whose innocence is stripped away at the hands of war. At the age of 13, Beah is forced to fight in the war in order to survive, or give up his battle and die. As a result, Beah ultimately decides to join the war. The harsh violence that Beah is exposed to strips him of his innocence and leaves him helpless and alone with his mind keeping him awake at night trying to unsee the cruelness he has been exposed to. Beah utilizes flashbacks, symbolism

  • Child Soldiers In The Military

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    In the arousing argument over child soldiers, the two sides have defined themselves as believing child soldiers to be victims of war or child soldiers to be perpetrators of war. It has been heavily debated whether these soldiers should be given amnesty, or whether they should be held accountable for their crimes. Though it is a valid claim to believe that child soldiers should be given no legal forgiveness, the belief that they should be given full amnesty is a much stronger claim, for they had no

  • Ishmael Beah Thesis

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    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

  • Why Are Child Soldiers Wrong

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    marijuana and sniffed “brown brown,” cocaine mixed with gunpowder, which was always spread out on a table near the ammunition hut, and of course I took more of the white capsules, as I had become addicted to them” remarked Ishmael Beah at an interview with the New York Times. Another time Beah mentioned, “Sometimes we were asked to leave for war in the middle of a movie. We would come back hours later after killing many people and continue the movie as if we had just returned from intermission. We were always

  • Child Soldiers Case Study

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    undeveloped brains in a unresponsive trance. This trance leave them easy to brainwash which makes them want to stay. While it may also be true that these children kill everyday, it is not true that they can just kill their commander or run away. Ishmael Beah, former child soldier, has stated that your commander starts to become a father figure. Pointing a gun on a newfound father figure is not only difficult for adults, it is strenuous for these children. Also, as stated before, these kids may not

  • Ishmael Beah Analysis

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    kill. So, the captors do whatever they can to train the children to kill. Ishmael Beah, once a child soldier, was rescued by the UNICEF after being a child soldier for 2 years. As a child soldier, he saw crying children shot before his eyes, and he was brainwashed and drugged into oblivion. His captors desensitized him so much that he said, “Shooting became just like a drinking a glass of water.” So, when a child like Ishmael, who was

  • Should Child Soldiers Be Covered?

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    Have you ever had an opinion on if child soldiers should have consequences on their actions or have u ever thought that it is not all their fault? Many people say the kids should be prosecuted because they know what they were doing while others think differently. I believe that it is not the kids fault, the first reason i think this is because when kids are kids they can’t tell grown ups what they want to do. The second reason i think that they should not be prosecuted is because while they are being

  • Ishmael Beah Narrative Report

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    Gabe Tonucci 8/20/2015 “These days I live in three worlds: my dreams, and the experiences of my new life, which trigger memories from the past”(Beah 20). After a month of living in the relative safety of New York City, Ishmael Beah haunted by the events that he witnessed and took part in during the war. No one in New York could possibly understand what he had to go through, leaving all these thoughts trapped inside of his head. Not helping his situation is the fact that every night he tosses and

  • Abuse And Control In Richard Wright's Black Boy

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    Abuse and Control: Paralleling Religion in the Jim Crow South In 1944, Richard Wright shattered the alien perception of racism, malnourishment, corporal punishment, and religion of the Jim Crow South, whilst initiating the Civil Rights Movement in a single volume of text: a memoir entitled Black Boy. Acting as a chime of awakening to the social corruption and injustice occurring in the place that enslaved hundreds of souls generations before, Wright additionally criticizes many aspects of the lives

  • Ishmael Beah Character Analysis

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    Could you imagine being a child soldier when you were 13 years old? Growing up with guns, blood, and constant murder? Ishmael Beah was a victim of those things; his childhood taken away from him and having grown up in what we would call total chaos. He grew up from ages 13 to 16 fighting for what he believed to be the good guys of the civil war. Beah was taught to kill the enemies by shooting, burying them alive, and cutting their throats. Before this low point in life there was one thing that

  • Child Soldiers In Ender's Game

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    by placing him in the Battle School and Command School. This feeling is able to tie in with a similar feeling child soldiers also feel in the present real world. Joshua Berlinger, an associate producer, writer, and Newsdesk editor at CNN, shares Ishmael Beah’s experience and thoughts about returning home: “People stop trusting each other, and every stranger became an enemy. Even people who knew you became extremely careful about how they related to you or spoke to you,” (8). From the practice of

  • A Way Gone By Ishmael Beah Essay

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    wouldn’t be any compassion and love in the world. Ishmael Beah a boy soldier who lost his childhood and everything he loved, fought with his conscience as the years went by as he killed his memoirs. This book is memoirs of boy soldiers and war. I think this book is geared to the privileged, 17-21 year olds mostly males also people in the military. In Sierra Leone a civil war is going on; brutal is word you might describe the war a boy named Ishmael Beah lives his life trying to survive on a journey

  • Lord Of The Flies And Ishmael Beah Analysis

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    The adolescents in William Golding’s Lord of the Flies and Ishmael Beah’s A Long Way Gone are entangled in chaotic situations that placed them in vulnerable positions to commit dangerous acts of violence. In Golding’s novel, a cluster of boys are trapped on an unknown island caused by a fatal plane crash that leads to the lack of adult supervision. The need to survive on the deserted island causes two leaders to emerge and clash: Jack and Ralph. Although Jack seemingly submitted to Ralph’s authority

  • Ishmael Beah Lord Of The Flies Analysis

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    The characters from Lord of the Flies, Jack and Ralph, and Ishmael Beah of A Long Way Gone act on contrasting views of their responsibility in society. The manner in which they utilize advancements in technology -for the enhancement or destruction of society- reflect on their perceived role in it. William Golding and Ishmael Beah express through these characters that whether people hold on to or set aside the core values of humanity is the determining factor of their contribution to society. Humanity