A long way gone

A novel by Ishmael beah

Internal characterization

Ishmeal is childish "I got out before Junior and Talloi, and ran across the bridge with their clothes" (Beah 8)

Historical Connection

This event is related to the Spanish Civil War, which also involved armed men using small boys to fight alongside them, despite these kids knowing nothing about war or guns.

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Two Important Vocabulary words

2 Conflicts

Man vs. Society (Ishmael fighting the rebels)

Man vs. Self (Ishmael having to free his mind from the obsession of killing)


This story takes place in during a civil war in Sierra Leone where by Ishmael's village gets attacked by neighbouring rebels while he and his friends are away, giving them the will to protect themselves and survive the numerous and growing attacks.