Ishmael Beah had a lot of important people in his life who each had distinguishing characteristics. He mentions them in the book A Long Way Gone in vivid details. In my life, I have four different people in my family, and they each have unique characteristics about their life. The four family members that are important to me are my Grandpa, Aunt Kathryn Price, my Mom, and my Uncle Bo. One of the most important people in my life is my grandpa. He has been very interested in my life that early on I gave him the nickname “Buddy”. My grandpa is very organized and detail minded. He always wants to plan everything and make sure vacations and events are perfect before they happen. Also, with being organized he has become a great problem solver if events are not falling into place as he had planned. This is very much like Ishmael in the fact that Ishmael had to problem solve many times. Beah’s problem solving skills are more intense and life threatening, especially when he is trying to figure out how to escape enemies, but my grandpa shares the same qualities in order to successfully problem solve an event that had gone wrong. “I gave orders for everyone to deploy around the village at strategic positions from where they could see the entire place” (Beah 142). Ishmael was in charge of a group of boys to raid a village, and he was giving orders of how to do so. He ended up being successful, and he made sure that everyone did their part to make it successful, which all the boys did.
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Ishmael is a kind man, working for his fellow child soldiers. He is someone I look up to. He is a former child soldier who was forced to do unspeakable acts even though at heart he is a fairly gentle person. He is a lover of music and often memorized songs and used to sing and rap them with his friends. He is a strong person who has gone through hell and back, and yet he is still able to smile and forgive himself for what he’s done.
Ishmael started year nine thinking he can stay invisible like he did in year eight. But some students named “Barry Bagsley, Doug Savage and Danny Wallace” made his life tougher than ever by teasing him, bullying him and even sometimes embarrassing him in front of his home room. In chapter 13, it directly says in the second and the third
Personality traits: He is considerate, in a sense that he didn’t want his 9 year old daughter to know about the fact that he killed someone with a grenade while in battle.
Ishmael, in A Long Way Gone was made boy soldier. Ishmael went through many commands to hurt people and try to bring an anonymous message. Treating people with injustice without knowing the reason why he was even doing it. Showing corpses, dead people before torturing them and then killing them. Becoming brainwashed with all the task he was being told to do he thought that this was his life. Making games out of the torture and killing with his friends. Slowly giving up on trying to get away from the rebels. “People were terrified of boys our age” (Beah 37). Having everyone still around scared of him, not doing anything to help him, but just trying to get away from him.
He can make a plan any time of the day and have it work. To make a plan you have to know what to do if something goes wrong. In another book (swindle) it said he gets good grades. To get good grades you not only need to get work done on time but you have to know how to do some of those things. This compares with me a little bit because I get ok grades.
Along with being supportive, my grandpa is one of the most selfless people I know. Whenever my family needs help with anything he is the first person we call because we know that if anyone can do it, or is willing to do it, it’s him. My dad owns a landscaping and plowing business, so he is always wearing down his trucks, causing them to break down a lot. Papa is always up to the challenge of fixing them, even though he never has to. One thing that is really important to him is family, he has always, always put family first.
Ishmael interpretation of card 2 represents his response to anger. He saw two figures trying to make peace with their joined hands which might suggest that when he is mad he is potentially calmer in the face of violence. This reveals that even though Ishmael went through many
his ideals of innocence. The way he orders his drinks, dances with the two ladies in
So you wanted to know about some of my family history. My Grandparents have worked extremely hard for what they have got and don’t take any of it for granted. They all have been good role models, and have set good examples for us Grand-Kids. Even though they have dug some holes for themselves they all have dug themselves back out of that hole, and came back stronger. Now they have made it possible for us not to make the same mistakes that they have
For the Buoyant Grandparent visit experiment I chose to use my grandfather. He told me that every
His name is Jerry Glenn but I like to call him Poppy because he is my amazing grandpa. Poppy has always been there for me teaching me all kinds of things. Poppy teaches me how to be kind to people and to the world around me, he teaches me how to a good person, and he teaches me how to eat candy. He is always asking me if I want to come spend the night, go out to eat with him, or even just come over and hang out for a little bit and have some ice cream. Sometimes he even says he would like to take me to the store and I can get any type of candy that I want. Poppy is the biggest teacher and influence on my life and I love him to the moon and back! From the day that I first saw his face, he has been impacting my life in an amazing way.