A Long Way Gone

What do actions made by Ishmael say about his character?

How have his actions and thoughts changed throughout his journey?

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Beah acknowledges that the rebels' violence has force himself and others like him to resort to "survival tactics." His world has been turned upside-down, and in the shock of his first few months' experience with the civil war, he is not yet ready to change with the mercurial situations he finds himself in. When civilization breaks down, the world is thrown into chaos and former priorities are set aside in favor of mere survival. Beah is a gentle soul who thinks about God, others and the elements (like the moon). He is forced to do things against his nature simply to survive,

"Things changed rapidly in a matter of seconds and no one had any control over anything. We had yet to learn these things and implement survival tactics, which was what it came down to."