A Long Way Gone

How are “civilians” depicted in this book? How are they thought of? How are they treated? As a class, explore how our narrator’s relationship with them changes over time.


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Well, I'm not a class but I can give you some ideas. As Ishmael Beah wanders the countryside it is "civilians" that look at him with fear and disdain. Ordinarily people try to help children without a home or parents. In Sierra Leone, at this time, a young boys mean child soldiers. No matter which side, these boys were brainwashed into ruthless killers who civilians feared.