A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah

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A Long Way Gone By Ishmael Beah

A long way gone by Ishmael Beah, attempts to evoke a powerful response from the leader, by using vivid descriptions to show how he has become emotionally traumatized by the acts of violence in the war. The reader then sympathizes with Ishmael and begins to understand the lasting and deep, emotional pain that Ishmael deals with on a daily basis.

The book is based on actual events and is expressed through a personal point of view. Ishmael wrote a memoir that tells the story of a young boy who is torn from his peaceful life, and then forced into a frightening world of drugs and slavery. In writing about his experiences, he has made the decision to present his experiences in a particular way by missing out details and recounting others. This along with the language used and the order, in which the events are disclosed, all serve to create a particular interpretation and to guide the reader to respond in a particular way.

Ishmael conveys the full horror by consistently revealing descriptive language used throughout the text. It conducts a sort of shock to the reader. Also when we are exposed to his feelings of pain, the reader is subject to feel sympathetic for him, because he is indicating that’s what has happened throughout his life. The book is somewhat educational due to the substantial events such as the problems that have and are currently occurring in some countries of Africa. Throughout the text, Ishmael focuses on telling a variety of friend’s experiences. This motif informs and gives the reader an insight on the theme of the story. In this case it allows the reader to have a virtual understanding on how the main character feels.

A long way gone by Ishmael Beah, has several narrative points to summarize the conventions that are identified in the text to support a point which is filled with precise detail. It also uses conflict and sequence that includes various amount of dialogue, about what specifically happens...
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