A lot of twelve-year-olds play war games, but some are actually in the middle of a war, fighting every day for themselves and their families. Some are fighting for social rights, and some are fighting for survival right now. Malala Yousafzai’s novel I Am Malala and Ishmael Beah’s novel A Long Way Gone show how […]

Most of the world’s conflicts since 1945 happened in third worlds countries. “Third world” was first used during the Cold War. It is used to describe countries that are “not developed as much as other countries and faces economic, social, political, environmental and other issues”. Although, the words aren’t used as much now because it […]

The question of whether or not to get involved in foreign conflicts is one of the most difficult that American leaders face. I recently read the book A Long Way Gone By Ishmael Beah, a story about a child caught in the middle of the Sierra Leone civil war. It is tempting to think that, […]

A Long Way Gone begins with Ishmael Beah, a 12-year-old boy living in the African country of Sierra Leone. Ishmael and some of his friends are traveling to a nearby town, while they are gone, their village is overtaken by rebels that are resisting against the government of Sierra Leone and are brutally attacking anyone […]

A Long way gone Exposition: Protagonist- Ishmael Beah Main Supporting characters – Friends and Family(Junior, and Talloi, Kaloko, Gibrilla, and Khalilou, Dad.) Setting- Sierra Leone, Africa(Mattru Jong, Mogbwemo) Tone- the tone, in the beginning, is very carefree and content, without the worry or stress of trying to stay alive. This is the tone until he […]

Change is something that everyone faces in their life. When people encounter a new situation, they need to adapt accordingly. The first day of school, the beginning of a war, and even something small, such as a haircut are all examples of changes that many have experienced. Ishmael Beah, author of A Long Way Gone, […]

F. Scott Fitzgerald, famous American fiction writer, once said, “There’s a loneliness that only exists in one’s mind. The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.” Loneliness is defined as the absence of connection and not always the prince […]

A Long Way Gone begins with Ishmael Beah, a 12-year-old boy living in the African country of Sierra Leone. Ishmael and some of his friends are traveling to a nearby town, while they are gone, their village is overtaken by rebels that are resisting against the government of Sierra Leone and are brutally attacking anyone […]