A Long Way Gone

Chapter Two: 2. Beah moves around in time as he tells hos story, flashing forward and backward. What is the effect of this technique? Do you appreciate it, or would you prefer that he stuck to strict chronology? Why or why not?


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Flashbacks and shifts in chronology are a common technique to give both effect and understanding to a narrative. I think in Beah used this technique effectively. Beah's journey is never over. It takes place in the past, present, and future. We know that nobody, including Beah, cannot ever fully escape the nightmare of his childhood. Beah's narrative flows back and forth through his life weaving his hindsight with his childhood innocence that is violently shattered.

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