A Long Way Gone Questions and Answers
by Ishmael Beah

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What symbols can you identify in a Long Way Gone?What theme do each of these symbols represent? Also, how are each of these symbols used to emphasize the central theme of oppression/freedom? The main thing I need help with are the first 2 parts.

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Ishmael Beah's memoir is a chilling account of his days as a child soldier and his struggle to return from a personal hell. His story is presented through the description of his three worlds: his past, his present, and his dreams.

These days I live in three worlds: my dreams, and the experiences of my new life, which triggers memories from the past"(Beah 20).

What makes his story so vivid is his use of imagery and symbolism, juxtaposing violent images with childhood dreams, as he describes his "three worlds."

In chapter one, Beah discusses a conversation he had with his grandmother surrounding words that he stills...

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