A Long Way Gone By Beah

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A Long Way Gone tells the story of a boy residing in Sierra Leone who loses his innocence at a young age and manages to overcome his traumatizing events through story telling. In Ishmael Beah’s riveting memoir, A Long Way Gone, Beah explores the idea that reminiscing upon joyful memories and loved ones when undergoing distress, allows children to be able to recover from their loss of innocence through the use of imagery, foreshadowing, and flashbacks. Evidently, Beah is seen throughout the story recalling every childhood memory to aid him through survival. In the beginning, Beah states that he was first, “touched by war at the age of 12” (Beah 6). This leads Beah and his brother Junior to take refuge to neighboring villages to further extend their chances of not being captured from the barbarous rebel army, RUF (Revolutionary United Front). While traveling to various villages and having to escape from the rebel army, Beah’s flashback to his Brother Junior’s stone skipping lesson allows the reader to understand how much Junior cares for his little brother, “Junior gave me his bucket, took my empty one, and returned to the river, when he came home, the first thing he did was ask me if I was hurt from falling” (Beah 39). This memory is brought to remembrance to comfort and console Beah when traveling with Junior, and call upon happier times with his brother to try and take his mind off the war. Further in the story, a village Beah and his brother Junior were taken refuge in

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