A Long Way Gone 1

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A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, by Ishmael Beah, tells of the experiences in his intense journey through Sierra Leone during the outbreak of war. Beah had to learn to survive the harsh outcome of the war, resulting in the loss of those whom were close to him, family and friends, and trust in people. The book has a recurring theme of nature and the natural world. In the book, the world at night, as well as the moon, serves as both a safeguard and a bringer of bereavement. As a boy, Ishmael has heard stories and proverbs about the moon. An old man in his village would say, “We must strive to be like the moon.” (Pg. 16) Ishmael’s grandmother explained that no one complained when the moon was present. Children would play and …show more content…
88) Ishmael was afraid that the night would take one of them away, like it took away Saidu. At times, Ishmael feels that the night sky has also protected him from certain death. Ishmael and his friends, run until night comes and saves them from the rebels. “The moon disappeared and took the stars with it, making the sky weep. Its tears saved us from the red bullets.” (Pg. 98) Ishmael explains that, he can see the redness that the guns give off when they are fired. Another example of when the night is his savior, is when he is living in Freetown after the rebels overthrow the government. “Nightfall seemed far away, it felt like waiting for Judgment Day.” (Pg. 206) Ishmael and his cousin attempt to make a dangerous trip to get some food from a secret market in town, when it is discovered by the rebels, Ishmael goes into hiding hoping that night would come. He compares the wait for nightfall to Judgment Day because the night sky is the only thing that could save him, in his predicament. In A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, Beah frequently references to nature and the natural world; to nightfall and the presence of the moon. In the book, the world at night, as well as the moon, serves as both a safeguard and a bringer of bereavement. Beside the pain and suffering he endured from lack of sleep and fear of recurring nightmares, the night has also saved him in times of need. He may have lost a lot during the war but, there are some things that he has

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