Beah begins to change from child to soldier. How do we see him changing at the end of the chapter?Chapter 12
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Unlike his former self, Beah begins to imagine killing.... and in his imaginings he's smiling..... he enjoys it. This is a far different young man than the one we first meet. It is important to note the way the boys have been indoctrinated..... the way their minds have been played with, and the way they've come to believe the repetitive phrases, which have been repeated over and over again.
But even though I was exhausted, I couldn’t sleep. My ears rang with the gun sounds, my body ached, and my index finger was sore. There had been no time to think all day, but now I could. I could become angry, yes, begin to visualize scenarios of shooting or stabbing a rebel. “The rebels are responsible for everything that has happened to you.” I imagined capturing several rebels at once, locking them inside a house, sprinkling gasoline on it, and tossing a match. We watch it burn and I laugh.
A Long Way Gone