What Is The Theme Of A Long Way Gone By Ishmael Beah

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In Ishmael Beah’s memoir “A Long Way Gone”, Beah symbolizes his state of fear and defeat, and Sierra Leone’s state of annihilation through strong images of nature. Specifically, Beah walks through a silent village in Sierra Leone and elucidates that he “was scared when the wind blew, shaking the thatched roofs… Not even a lizard dared to crawl through the village. The birds and crickets didn’t sing” (46). Clearly, Beah explains that the birds and crickets do not sing and lizards do not crawl in the village and without either action both animals are far from the norm. The imagery of the animals portrays that Sierra Leone is living in harsh conditions because they have no freedom since the rebels are taking over the country and destroying it.

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