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A Long Way Gone
Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
by

Ishmael Beah 2007

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A LONG WAY GONE KEY LITERARY ELEMENTS SETTING
Sierra Leone, 1993-1997 New York City, 1998

LIST OF CHARACTERS
Major Characters Ishmael Beah - The narrator of this true story, Ishmael, is a boy soldier who finds a way to escape the horrors of war and go on to counsel others who are only looking for a way to live in peace. Esther - She is a nurse at Benin House where Ishmael is taken for rehabilitation. She befriends him and helps him to find himself again. Alhaji - He is a young man whom Ishmael befriends when they are both part of the soldiers fighting the rebels. He is as strong and cold as Ishmael in battle, but just as in need of re-finding his childhood. Uncle Tommy - He takes Ishmael in after he is found in Freetown. Ishmael cannot stay……. Additional characters are outlined in the complete study guide.

CONFLICT
Protagonist - The protagonist is Ishmael and he is central to understanding the horrors of war in Sierra Leone, because he became a boy soldier. Antagonist - The antagonists at first are the rebels who bring horror and death to civilians for reasons Ishmael can never discern. Later, the antagonist becomes Ishmael himself when he very nearly….. Climax - The climax occurs when Ishmael realizes he will never escape war and……. Outcome - After a long and harrowing journey, Ishmael finds his way out of Sierra Leone and into Guinea. From there, with the help of Laura Simms, he travels to New York City, finishes …….

SHORT PLOT SUMMARY (Synopsis)
This true story involves the life of Ishmael Beah who lives a fairly happy life in Sierra Leone until civil war breaks out. Then, like other civilians, he is forced to run for his life, becoming separated from his family and later losing them to murder by the rebels. He later finds a way to be rehabilitated and…….

THEMES
The first and most important theme is: War is Hell. Although this is an overworked phrase, it fits this narrative perfectly. The horrors and tragedy that Ishmael relates to the reader are almost unbelievable. The atrocities committed against innocent civilians give new meaning to the idea of war as well. The second theme is: There is always…… Additional themes are outlined in the complete study guide.

MOOD
The mood is mostly one of horror and fear throughout as Ishmael makes his way through war. However, it becomes uplifting and hopeful when he is successful in finding peace. TheBestNotes.com. Copyright © 2008, All Rights Reserved. No further distribution without written consent.

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Ishmael Beah - BIOGRAPHY
Ishmael Beah was born in Sierra Leone on November 23, 1980. He moved to the United States in 1998 and finished his last two years of high school at the United Nations International School in New York. He graduated...
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