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A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah - MonkeyNotes by PinkMonkey Literature Notes on . . . A Long Way Gone Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah 2007 MonkeyNotes Study Guide by Diane Clapsaddle Reprinted with permission from Copyright © 2008, All Rights Reserved Distribution without the written consent of is strictly prohibited. Copyright © 2008, All Rights Reserved. No further distribution without written consent. 1 A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah - MonkeyNotes by A LONG WAY GONE KEY LITERARY ELEMENTS SETTING Sierra Leone, 1993-1997 New York City, 1998 LIST OF CHARACTERS Major Characters Ishmael Beah - The narrator of this true story, Ishmael, is a boy soldier who finds a way to escape the horrors of war and go on to counsel others who are only looking for a way to live in peace. Esther - She is a nurse at Benin House where Ishmael is taken for rehabilitation. She befriends him and helps him to find himself again. Alhaji - He is a young man whom Ishmael befriends when they are both part of the soldiers fighting the rebels. He is as strong and cold as Ishmael in battle, but just as in need of re-finding his childhood. Uncle Tommy - He takes Ishmael in after he is found in Freetown. Ishmael cannot stay at Benin House forever and he needs family to love him. He lucks out with Uncle Tommy, because the man truly loves Ishmael and helps him leave behind the horrors or war. The Lieutenant - he is the father figure when Ishmael goes into battle. His words motivate the young boys to be willing to give their lives against the rebels. Minor Characters Junior Beah - Ishmael’s brother, his companionship and love for Ishmael are some of the memories that help rehabilitate Ishmael. They escaped the initial rebel attacks together and then lost each other in the

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