With the soldiers off to fight, the boys cannot help but remember how close to them war. When Ishmael was 16, he was told to get into a vehicle that took him into the city. They've always developed a taste for fighting and violence so they pretty much make life a living hell for the staff at the rehab center. My new friends have begun to suspect I havent told them the full story of my life. Secondly the boy soldiers are able to gain courage and experience by being sent to fight against the rebels. During his rehabilitation, Ishmael discovers hope once more by relearning….
Child rehabilitation centers are truly amazing facilities. Ishmael Beah used adaptability… 1413 Words 6 Pages Reflect During my reading of the Biography a long way gone by Ishmael Beah, there are many character developments shown of him and a few of his acquaintances based on the setting and situation that they are in such as the deaths and traumatic events happening to their loved ones. Talloi is Junior's friend and follows them to Mattru Jong for the contest. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them. A Long Way Gone addresses a plethora of geographical issues such as refugees and population movements, child exploitation, and most of all: war. What shocked Ishmael so much about rap was that black men could speak English so well and so quickly to the beat. It's a while before he happens to meet another group of friends who he travels with to a nearby village they all hear is safe.
Also, I read this book because it was assigned to my 8th grader. While seeking news of his family, Beah and his friends find themselves constantly running and hiding as they desperately strive to survive in a land rendered unrecognizable by violence. Trust us, this is not a promotion you want to brag about. The lieutenant said that in order for the people to survive, they must contribute to the war effort by enlisting in the army; escape was not an option. Jabati is on the radio all day, and then some reinforcements arrive, to his relief. The boys walk for what Beah says must have been days, when they are confronted by two men with guns.
When the war arrives at her doorstep, Ana must find her way in a dangerous world. They were transfixed by the music and returned as often as possible to watch rap on the big television. I appreciated that the account was written and narrated by a boy with first-hand experience. Despite the early danger, it seems as if the boys might finally have found safety. After a time, he was able to forgive himself and love once again. Clearly he means to recruit these civilians into the army by force: while not quite as violent as the rebels, the army soldiers are here revealed as not much better, either. It is a bit of foreboding of what is to become.
I do not feel this book is appropriate for this grade level. They simply didn't have the intellectual tools to imagine the horrors. I am grateful beyond words to have never experienced war and I hope I remember this book when I want to complain about trivial things. Ishmael's village had been an isolated and peaceful place, and he remembers his pre-war childhood fondly. How does one become a killer? In this village, they learned how to fight the rebels and stay alive. Uncle Tommy and his wife are the only ones who know about Ishmael's past. Ishmael describes cars packed with dead people covered in blood and the terror on everyone's faces as he passes.
After two years as a child soldier, Beah is taken from the front to Freetown, much to his brainwashed anger. He has a kind of family unit with the soldiers that actually carries over into the love and friendship between him and Alhaji. Very soon I will completely die and all that will be left is my empty body walking with you. He overcame the hardship and became a spokesperson for the children in Sierra Leone for the rehabilitation center and at the United Nations. It normally happened at night, since he could never get any sleep. The army becomes his family and he is brainwashed into believing that each rebel death may avenge his own family's slaughter.
Reminding the villagers of the horrible things the rebels have done, he pleads with them to fight for their lives. Few soldiers return the next day, and those that do hold their heads in their hands or hold their guns close. They realize that a journey back to the village is impossible. With the help of some of the staff he was able to return to a civilian life and get off drugs. By reminding him of his love for rap music, she's able to help Ishmael move past the terrible things he's done. When they finally arrive at the coffee farm, they lay him down where Gasemu dies.
By thirteen, hed been picked up by the government army, and Beah, at heart a gentle boy, found that he was capable of truly terrible acts. The chapter in this book that had the most impact on Ishmael is chapter 12, when Ishmael decides to join the army and fight against the rebels. At times, Ishmael feels that the night sky has also protected him from certain death. However, the children cause much trouble for the volunteer staffers at the facility, with Ishmael experiencing symptoms of as well as troubling memories of his time as a child soldier. They're given guns and a whole lot of drugs and they rush out to fight off the rebels.