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A Long Way gone
Transcript of A Long Way gone
named Ishmael Beah, who is actually
the author of the book. "Why did you leave Sierra Leone?"
"Because there is a war"
"Did you witness some of the fighting?"
"Everyone in country did."
"you mean you saw people
running around with guns
and shooting each other?"
"Yes. All the time."
I smiled a little. Repetitions : a 'death' is keep repeating
around him and his life. First sentence? Book Cover Italic Signals to reader? Typographical Features Author uses Italics when he write the name of the movie, book, word used in Sierra Leone, and some specific place. -> Julius Caeser, Rambo : First Blood, brown brown (name of drug)....etc Ishmael Beah,
the main character was
12 years old boy when the civil war
in the Sierra Leone had broke out.
He got separated from his family by the
violence of rebels. He traveled through
many small villages and towns to search
a safe place where he could stay safe from
rebels but could never find it. With friends he
met during his journey, friends who were in
same situation like his, decided to be in government army, meaning they had to fight against the rebels.
He became a 13 years old boy soldier with a gun and
became addicted to many drugs to keep him fighting.
Then by UNICEF, he was removed from the war and
went through the rehabilitation center in FreeTown, Sierra Leone. He met his uncle and accepted his new life
with his uncle's family, away from the war but soon the violence broke out again. He decided to flee the country and reaches Guinea, as a shelter of war refugees. Figurative language : Simile :
Imagery : Symbolizing Mattru Jong Ishmael Beah - protagonist of the book. He is the person who's telling the story.
Alhaji Blood, are used in this
book to symbolize the
cruelness of the war on
innocent people. "The rebel pulled the tirgger,
and like lightening, I saw the
spark of fire that came from
the muzzle." (Beah, 33.) "The moon hid behind
clouds to avoid seeing
what was happening."
(Beah 80) "It was though something
was eating the insides of
our stomachs." (30 Beah) "Pointing her finger at me,
the way mother would talk
to a stubborn child." (141 Beah) "The sharp, harsh cry of a
women filled the forest, and I
felt the fear in her voice
peircing through my veins,
causing my teeth to feel
somehow sour." (Beah 35) "Numbness energy" (Beah 121) Any Physical features that lead readers
to sanp moral Judgements about them? Motivation behind
Character's action 1. Because Ishmael lost all his loved ones
during the war by rebels, He could fight
agaisnt rebels and have enough power/emotion
to actually kill them. Also to go out to the war
he always needed durg, to stay away from
his emotions that makes him sad and weak. The story seems plausible as far as cause and effect. The 'war' had
drove many young children to extreme situations where they could
lost their lives. The desire to be alive is very instinctive, they could do
anything. Also these story is a non-fiction, meaning everything really happened in a real life. So unnecessary events couldn't happen in this book. Details that help to predict certain
actions or events? Not FOUND There are no detail that
were insignificant in the
beginning but later on
becomes very important. Moon, symbolizes
his future because
many nights he would
see the moon, and wonder
if he would die tomorrow or
live tomorrow. symbolizes his
unsureness, fear but also a hope. No missing plot
or gaps that needs to
be resolved; The book
is very chronological. Book does not have a conclusive ending, because he is not fully escaped from the war yet. Because the violence had broke out in Freetown, he had to illegally enter New York
City, and the book never
reaches that far.
However, the book
starts with his conversation
with his high school friend in New York City,
meaning he had reached United States succesfully and was able to attend school and live a normal life once again. Details of War =
theme 'Survival' In the End, he reminds of a folk story
that he heard when he was young,
even before the war, from a elders of
There was a hunter who wanted to kill
monkey. When he aimed the monkey
the monkey said, If you shoot me, your
mother will die and if you don't your
father will die."
No child could answer this question
but young Ishmael had an answer that he
never discussed with anyone.
His answer was 'He would kill the monkey
so that it would no longer have the chance to
put other hunters in the same predicament." Readers Respond The End