Theme: Overcoming Discrimination

Inflicted on Young Teens by Adults

Diosa Bahe - Period 2 - April 4, 2014

Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How:

Who: Any and all men above the age of 18 for as long as needed.

What: Male's above 18 can get drafted into the military if needed.

When: This has been reported to have begun in 2001, after 9/11.

Where: This country with conscription is called Afghanistan.

Why: Afghanistan is drafting these citizens in order to fight their war, a war in effort to dismantle Al-Queda and removing the Taliban. (Civil war)

How: These men are simply told to join the military when they are needed.


I see young adults being forced to live their chosen destiny, that was given to them by their own government. I can now see in a better light how having your rights taken away can reflect you as a person, and how Beatrice felt. The theme that I've chosen is the hatred inflicted on young teens' lives as they are forced to live a certain destiny as appointed by their governments.

Theme in MY Life

Obviously I've never been drafted into war by my government, but my grandfather has. To this day, at the age of 87, he still carries hatred for people who disrespect his country. He was drafted when he was in his early twenties. That is over 60 years of a burden on his chest. Imagine only being 16 when you are forced into a chosen destiny by your government.


A burning flag of your country would best represent this situation that both the characters in these books and my grandfather have been in. Their governments took away a huge portion of his and their lives, and it still haunts them to this day. A burning flag is the ultimate act of defiance to your country, and this is how both Beatrice and my grandfather dealt with their government's forceful ways.