How does Ishmael Beah demonstrate courage, determination, and strength throughout A Long Way Gone?

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Throughout his memoir A Long Way Gone, Beah demonstrates courage, determination, and strength through his responses to the hardships which befall him.  For example, at the beginning of the book, Beah's home village is raided by rebel soldiers, so he and a group of friends run for safety.  Once they cross the river, they are chased by a soldier, yet the boys manage to split up to fool the soldier and they manage to escape.  This shows a tremendous amount of courage, determination, and strength--the boys' will to survive drives them through the chase.  Similarly, later in the book, Beah learns that he has just missed seeing his family--they have been killed and their hut burned.  Beah is obviously upset, but he has no time to mourn because soldiers are close behind.  Although he is distraught by the death of his family, Beah continues on his journey to try to find a safe place to live which again shows the strength in his character.

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