Analysis Of A Long Way Gone By Ishmael Beah

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Over the past few months I took the opportunity presented to me in this class to choose a memoir and write a piece about it later on in the semester. I decided to choose a story that really stood out to me ever since I first picked it up off of the bookshelf and read its introduction. The book is called A Long Way Gone, written by Ishmael Beah. Ishmael Beah is an escaped soldier from the civil war that took place in Sierra Leone in the mid to late 90’s. In A Long Way Gone, Beah reflects upon his journey to America and the several trials he had to go through in order to make it there.

When I first started researching the author of A Long Way Gone, Ishmael Beah, I was completely amazed at his ability to overcome the mountainous obstacles he has had to face in his life. Growing up in a third world country is challenging enough, but to try and survive a civil war and at the same time be forced into becoming a soldier seems almost unimaginable. On top of all of this, he had to provide for his family and fight several of his friends from the same tribe who had also been forced into becoming soldiers themselves. Despite all of this adversity, in the end, Ishmael is able to escape death, and capture, and eventually flee Sierra Leone to find a new home at a rehabilitation center in New York City. After reaching this center, Ishmael is able to share his own incredible story, along with other children forced into war with members at a convention at the United Nations.

When Ishmael
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