Long Way Gone
by Ishmael Beah
Vocab Word Two
Crapes- The shoes are mentioned many times throughout the book, often emphasized. They seem symbolic with how Ishmael is feeling. The crapes start with being new and in good condition, to tattered.
Conflict: Self vs. Nature
On Ishmael's journey through the woods, he met with many birds and animals. Many of them were not friendly and wanted to attack him. He struggles against nature and the dangers it brings. "They chased me for about half a mile as I looked for a tree to climb. Fortunately, I found one that i was able to mount in one jump. The pigs stopped and started charging at the bottom of the tree...I was walking very fast but very quietly, until I accidentally stepped on the tail of a snake. It started hissing and scuttling toward me" (Beah 53-54).
Conflict: Self vs. Man
The boys were met with scared and untrusting people. Woman would lead their children away and men would attack without warning, making it hard for the group of boys to travel freely. "Someone had started a rumor about the 'seven boys,' us... we were surrounded by muscular men with machetes who almost killed us before they realized that we were just children running away from the war...mothers would grab their children and run home" (Beah 57).