A Long Way Gone Questions and Answers
by Ishmael Beah

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Explore examples of friendship in A Long Way Gone? I need to write a paragraph that relates to my defination of friendship which is " a realtionship between two individuals that share a mutual bond of trust and liking as well as commitment and personal feelings and experiences, which allows them to benefit from each other. So basically i need to find examples in the book that show trust, commitment and personal feelings.   thank you for the help

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In A Long Way Gone, Ishmael Beah describes several friendships that he had as a young boy before he became a child soldier.  He had friends in his home village before it was raided, and he ran with these friends to "safety."  After he was on the run, Beah made several other friendships that were forced and bound by the need for survival.  However, based on your definition, I would argue that someone like Esther qualifies as a friend to Beah.  Esther was Beah's nurse at the rehabilitation center.  When the two first met, Beah was still under the influence of the army, but he slowly learns to trust Esther because he knows that she is trying to help him.  Eventually, the two develop a bond, and Esther is able to open doors for Beah, including finding his uncle so that he can reconnect with his family.  Esther has committed herself to developing Beah' well-being, and Beah appreciates her help, support, and understanding.

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