Redemption In A Long Way Gone By Ismael Beah

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People will sometimes think which would be the most effective method to use to right wrongs redemption or revenge? When righting a wrong, redemption is a more effective method than revenge. Redemption will usually result in less violence and there will be less problems to deal with. Revenge on the other hand, will usually result in more violence and it occasionally bites back on whoever was getting revenge on someone else or a group of people for some specific reason and sometimes things will tend to not go as planned.
An example would be from a book titled A Long Way Gone by Ismael Beah. In page 128 of the book, Ishmael says “I was talking at gatherings in Freetown about child soldiering and how it must be stopped. “We can be rehabilitated,” I would emphasize […] I would tell people that I believe children have the resilience to outlive their suffering, if given a chance.” After Ishmael rehabilitates, he comes to believe that child soldiering must be stopped and how children can outlive their sufferings if they are given the chance. Through rehabilitation Ishmael redeems himself as he now sees that being a child soldier is not a good thing. Another thing he says in the book is on page 151 where he says “What I have learned from my experiences is that revenge is not good. I joined the army to avenge the deaths of my family and to survive, but I’ve come to learn that if I am going to take revenge, in that process I will kill another person whose family will want revenge; then revenge and revenge
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A Long Way Gone shows Ishmael redeeming himself after rehabilitating and the “Redemption song” shows that to redeem themselves, they have to free their minds from a mental slavery. Where in revenge it’s shown to usually fall apart and bite back much like Radin’s plan did in an episode of The Twilight

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