A Long Way Gone

An infographic by Natalie Jones

Internal Characterization

In the memoir A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah, Beah is a very smart young man, he uses his resources and common knowledge to come up with resolutions to uncommon problems and situations.

Historical Connection and Setting

The Civil War in Sierra Leone (1990's)
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Beah is faced with most all conflicts, as being in a war faces you with many conflicts mainly conflicts such damaging internal conflicts and physical. (Self vs. Man, Self vs. Self, Self vs. Technology, Self vs. Nature) The main conflicts are Self vs. Self and Self vs. Man; as Ishmael says, "One of the unsettling things about about my journey, mentally, physically and emotionally, was that I wasn't sure when or where it was going to end. I didn't know what I was going to do with my life. I felt that I was starting over and over again" (Beah 68).


"You need to know how to cook something for your Palampo life" (Beah 23).

Palampo meaning 'single'

" We wore three pairs of socks that we we pulled down and folded to make our Crapes look fluffy" (Beah 7).

Crapes meaning 'sneakers'