A Long Way Gone

CHAPTER 10:What is the significance of Beah’s name-giving ceremony? Why does he share that story at this point in the book?


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Beah recalls his naming ceremony. Although too young at the time to actually remember the event, Beah has a vivid account of the ceremony from his grandmother. He remembers his grandmother’s smile at the end of her telling him this story, then falls asleep. I think that Beah is trying to hang on to who he is or rather who he used to be. With his loved ones gone or dead, he tries to reflect to remember his own identity.