A Long Way Gone

Although most of the book’s events occur in Sierra Leone, American culture is a pervasive theme in the memoir and in the author’s life. What positive influences does American culture have on Beah? Negatives?


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American culture has positive effects on Beah in a few different situations. Rap music was responsible for saving his life (and his friend's) on more than one occasion. Violent media could be cites as a negative effect. Movies like Rambo glorified violence and death and were used to toughen up young recruits.


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