a Long Way Gone Essay

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A Long way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier “Some nights the sky wept stars that quickly floated and disappeared into the darkness before our wishes could meet them” said Ishmael. The Book “A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy soldier” was written by Ishmael Beah. The book is basically about a boy soldier, Ishmael Beah, and his trials and tabulations as a soldier to his rehabilitation at 16 years old to become a family boy. What are the effects on Ishmael from being a boy soldier, does Ishmael ever recover form war, and what are the effects this book had on me? What are the effects on Ishmael from being a boy soldier? Well my belief is that he became cold from all the fighting and blood shed he has seen as a boy soldier. In the book, A Long way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, Ishmael said “Every time people come at us with the intention of killing us, I close my eyes and wait for death. Even thought I am still alive, I feel like each time I accept death, part of me dies. Very soon I will completely die and all that will be left is my empty body walking with you. It will be quieter than I am.” From the text it seems as if he doesn’t care for life and will do anything to survive. But has Ishmael changed since leaving the army, has he ever recovered. Has Ishmael become a normal person, someone that can fit into a functional society? From what has been told in the book Ishmael did not at first fit into society he was still dark and full of anger, ready to fight at a moments notice. But as time went on he noticed that the world is not made for anger that kids like him self can always change. To add on that point Ishmael said “children have the resilience to outlive their sufferings, if given a chance.” Well I can connect with this because I have seen people come through situations that look bleak but end up doing well and not letting the experience crush

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