Ishmael_Character_Arc_Timeline_-_Ashton_Engen - A Long Way Gone-Character Arc Purpose A character arc refers to how a character changes as a person

Ishmael_Character_Arc_Timeline_-_Ashton_Engen - A Long Way...

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A Long Way Gone--Character Arc Purpose: A character arc refers to how a character changes as a person throughout a book. You will analyze how Ishmael changes over the course of A Long Way Gone. 1. You are going to be creating a timeline across which we can trace key moments or changes in Ishmael’s personality and character. a. We aim to understand how and why he changes from what he was like at the beginning of his story to the end. 2. For each chapter (except for the ones I state you can skip) you will need to write in the left-hand box at least two quotes from the text that: a. Have Ishmael directly stating how he feels or what he is thinking about his situation b. Have Ishmael say or do something that implies he is feeling a certain way c. Include the page number!!! 3. On the right-hand side, you need to make an analysis in your own words of what the quotes you wrote a show about Ishmael’s state of mind at that point in the story. a. Specifically, note if he has changed from earlier in the timeline. Quotes from the Text - Page # Chapter Summary Your Analysis “The only wars I knew of were those that I had read about in books or seen in movies…” (p. 5) “I could visualize my father holding his hard hat and running back home from work, and my mother, weeping and running to my little brother’s school.” (p. 11) 1 - Ishmael’s life before the war breaks out. They head to Mattru Jong for their talent contest. While there, they begin to get news about the rebels. At this point in the story, Ishmael is a normal kid. He does not have any first-hand experiences with the war, only seeing it in fiction. He also is still with his family, and he is able to visualize and remember them easily. “I feel no physical pain, so I am not sure whether I’ve been wounded.” P. 16 “It feels as if needles have been hammered into my brain, and it is hard to tell whether it is day or night.” P. 17 2 - Time jump to NYC years after his experiences in the war He has PTSD and is scarred from what he saw. He is

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