Irony In A Long Way Gone By Ishmael Beah

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The use of irony is prevalent in literature throughout time. A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah, exhibits a first hand experience as a child soldier in the Sierra Leone Civil War and the events experienced by those who lived through it. The novel has an ironic undertone when analyzing his actions not subjectively but objectively. When looking at his actions in comparison to normal society it reveals the irony that is written in the lines of the novel. Although he was raised in this environment, objectively, any justification of his actions predicated off an emotional perspective is not only unjust, but unethical. We, as a society, hold ourselves to a humane standard of living, and is undoubtedly true for any person of origin. When comparing two pieces of text from the novel the irony is easily shown. In the beginning of chapter 14 Beah elaborates on what him and his fellow soldiers would do in their past time when they were not out fighting. Beah starts, “We watched movies at night. War movies, Rambo: First Blood, Rambo II, Commando, and so on…” (Beah 121). Watching war movies is deemed normal in our society. However, they would use tactics seen in the movies in their warfare. “We all wanted to be like Rambo; we couldn’t wait to implement his techniques” (Beah 121). The intent of these movies is not for replication rather for just entertainment. It’s ironic that he would watch these war movies each night as entertainment and then proceed to fight and kill the next day as seen

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