December 5, 2012
A Long Way Until The End of This Essay
The author of A Long Way Gone argues against boy soldiers but also against the loss of innocence. Beah’s parents are burned alive by the rebels; this is the first step towards his animosity towards them. In his story he talks about snorting brown brown, shooting men and how he was slowly corrupted by the men around him, turning him into a machine. It tells the story of a world as horrendous as any imagined by the darkest of fiction writers. However, upon completion of the book, I have realized that I have made a journey from darkness to redemption along with the author. Look in the book where the UNICEF officials are dehumanizing the boy soldiers. How they had been programed to hate the rebels and even fight intensely with them at the camp intended on them intolerance society. How the children get mesmerized to think and believe the morals that the commanders have. He is arguing that the war took away his childhood. “Instead of playing soccer in the village square, I took turns at the guarding post around the village” (Page 121) It is so powerful when you have to think about being a programmed child and then coming back into normal society. It is easily comparable to being insane and then attempting to regain your sanity.
Ishmael Beah is rescued, against his will, from a life that surely would have ended soon. Taken by UNICEF to a rehabilitation camp, Beah begins the long struggle to reintegrate into a normal existence. However, the children cause much trouble for the volunteer staffers at the facility, with Ishmael experiencing symptoms of drug withdrawal as well as troubling memories of his time as a child soldier. Beah is constantly reminded of his horrid and malicious past remembering the stacks of children's body's that have been killed in action (Pg. 100). “One boy asked how I was doing and what I had been up to. I wanted to tell him that I had done