Commentary On The Book 'A Long Way Gone'

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A Long Way Gone “I was not afraid of these lifeless bodies. I despised them and kicked them to flip them.” This is what Ishmael was saying at the end first war day they had. It had only been the first time when Ishmael and his friends went to war and by the end of it he had already shot someone. At the beginning when they started training he was afraid to hold the gun, and now that the day has come where he actually needed to shot, he had no problem with it. 2 of his friends died that day, Musa and Josiah. Hearing stories that my grandpa told when I was younger of how they used to live back in the days and things that he had been through I already thought It was crazy and could never get worse. No reading this book and the descriptions …show more content…
When they first met each other there reaction towards one another surprised me because right away, without even knowing them they were mean and talking in rude language. Even though they were out of the war zone, when they found out that the other group of boys was on the RUF side they started a fight. Without asking any questions they got out there Bayonet out, grenades and what not else they had. 6 people were killed that day and they hadn’t even been fighting that long yet. It took me by surprise to see the reaction of these kids and that right away without hesitating they started shooting, cutting and trying to kill each other. Right away you can see the extreme damage that the war has done, and how the lives of these boys had changed forever. They could now kill anybody without even thinking about it, and when they had done so they didn’t feel anything else towards the dead people. They didn’t think about how it would change their lives. It’s sad to read that these young boys could now shot, slice and kill people just like that. The they have no respect towards older or other people in general, and most of all that they all smoke and do drugs

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