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A Long Way Gone:

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maricella garcia

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Transcript of A Long Way Gone:

A Long Way Gone:
Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

A Long Way Gone
Author: Ishmael Beah
Date of Publication: 2007

I joined the army to avenge the deaths of my family and to survive, but I've come to learn that if I am going to take revenge, in that process I will kill another person whose family will want revenge; then revenge and revenge and revenge will never come to an end...
Presentation by: Maricella Garcia
A Long Way Gone is an autobiography. It's all about Ishmael Beah's struggle to keep his humanity, recover, and dealing with life as a child soldier. Beah's definitely qualified to write "A Long Way Gone" because he experienced the war's effects firsthand and participated in it, also he was proof that it was possible for child soldiers to rehabilitate.
The Author
Ishmael Beah was born in 1980 in Sierra Leon. He was forced into the life of a child soldier when the military base ran out of men. At age 13, he was addicted to drugs, and was a killing machine. Later Beah's commander sent Beah to a rehalibitation facility and regained his humanity and learned to forgive himself.

Now Beah resides Brooklyn, New York where's he now fully recovered and speaks out against the issue of involving children in war. He graduated at Oberlin college. He's next book is coming to stores in January of 2014.
Historical Background
The civil war in Sierra Leon ignited by the unfair wages for workers. Sierra Leon is one of the poorest countries in the world despite the fact that they mine DIAMONDS. Workers were unable to feed their families and soon they created the RUF (Revolutionary United Front). The rebels became corrupt--like the government-- and started to rape women, torturing citizens, and eventually handing guns over to children.
-Beah, 199
The villages that we captured and turned into bases as we went along and the forests that we slept in became my home. My squad was my family, my gun was my provider and protector, and my rule was to kill or be killed.
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Literary Devices
Imagery: Beah used lots of imagery to demonstrate his feelings, emotions, and to really emphasize on his thoughts at that time. “Often, my shadow would scare me and cause me to run for miles. Everything felt awkwardly brutal. Even the air seemed to want to attack me and break my neck.” (Beah, 49)
Irony: Beah runs from war, only to eventually run right to it.
Theme: Beah reveals the truth about war. And does so by writing a book about how terrible war can be.
Allusion: Beah described what the children soldiers did to pass time besides smoke Marijuana, and killing people. He alluded to a movie starring Sylvester Stallone, Rambo: First Blood. The allusion served as a purpose to describe how ruthless the soldiers were and how they thought of killing people as a game or movie.
--Beah, 129
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