A Long Way Gone By Ishmael Beah
Peyton Troseth, hour 3, 11/02/15
This is the author of the memoir.
The main characters are Ishmael, his nurse Esther, Alhaji who he befriends, Uncle tommy who takes Ishmael in, and the lieutenant who acts as a father figure during war.
This took place in Sierra Leone.
5 of the most important words in the novel
- "Things changed rapidly in a matter of seconds and no one had any control over anything. We had yet to learn these things and implement survival tactics, which was what it came down to." -Ishmael Beah pg. 29
-Ishmael knows now that everything is going to keep changing and he has to resort to survival tactics to stay alive.
- "My eyes widened, a smile forming on my face. Even in the middle of the madness there remained that true and natural beauty, and it took my mind away from my current situation as I marveled at this sight." -Ishmael Beah pg. 59
-Even during the war Ishmael can enjoy the natural beauty. Him and his friends had never saw the ocean so they were amazed by it all. They are all children at heart but just forced to grow up too fast because of the circumstances beyond their control.
- "I had my gun now, and as the corporal always said, "This gun is your source of power in these times. It will protect you and provide you all you need, if you know how to use it well."" -Ismael Beah pg. 124
-Ishmael is being told basically that if he wants to survive he needs to use his gun.
"Child Soldiers - Google Search." Child Soldiers - Google Search. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Nov. 2015.
Beah, Ishmael. A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007. Print.